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HP recalls 6 million power cables over potential fire hazard

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Hewlett-Packard is recalling around 6 million computer power cables after numerous reports of said cords melting or charring were received from consumers. The LS-15 AC power cord was distributed with both HP and Compaq notebook computers and AC powered accessories from September 2010 through June 2012. Affected cables are in the US and Canada.

5.6 million cords are being recalled in the US, alongside a further 446,700 in Canada. HP received 29 reports of cords overheating and melting (or charring), while two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage have also been sent in.

If you feel as though you own a product that fits within the range of dates and own said power cables, be sure to get in touch with HP and the company will replace the cable for free.

Source: Reuters

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HP recalls 6 million power cables over potential fire hazard

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That's why you comment is irrelephant. Pretty much everyone does a recall at some point.

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@xirsteon "can you borrow me your elephant"? If you're going to correct someone that clearly misspelled "irrelevant", please, for the sake of grammar police everywhere, do it properly. What you meant to say was, "can you LEND me your elephant?", or, "can I borrow YOUR elephant?". Class dismissed.

It was a mistake on purpose BTW, I tend to write how I speak. And I say irrelephant instead of irrelevant because I like the sound of it. Unless I'm in a professional situation of course. Or I make my English worse to feed the people that thrive on every little error they see.

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Calm down calm down. I'm just kidding around. I know some people who use HP devices every day and they all work very well. No need to tear throats out over it. -_-

I got that LS-15 cable at office and last week just got big blue spark and burned the adapter socket and also tripped my whole office. Thought it was the adapter fault, then replaced adapter and that cable did the same explosion again.

One of mine on an old windows 7 laptop was effected, it had gotten very hot when charging in the past, but not quite burn worthy.