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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.
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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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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2014-08-28 (Update: 2014-08-28)