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HP recalls over 6 million defective power cords

HP power cord model LS-15 sold between 2010 and 2012, replaced for free
HP power cord and adapter
HP and Compaq power cords model LS-15 sold in the US and Canada between 2010 and 2012 appear to have an overheating problem and will be replaced for free.

Most overheating issues encountered lately were connected to batteries and power adapters, especially when talking about smartphones. While power cords for notebooks do not usually face such problems, it looks like almost 6 million of them that shipped with HP and Compaq machines and accessories such as docking stations between 2010 and 2012 may overheat and should be replaced to avoid property damage or even injuries.

The power cord model facing this problem is LS-15, but HP specifies that "Not all power cords with the “LS-15” molded mark are affected." According to HP and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, 29 reports of overheating and melting of these cables were reported and the 13 worst cases involved minor burns and property damage.

The amount of recalled power cords exceeds 5.5 million in the US and 440,000 in Canada. HP will replace each recalled power cord for free. "We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers." says the official recall and replacement program page.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-08-28 (Update: 2014-08-28)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.