HP recalls millions of power cables amid fears of overheating

Compaq cords have caused burns and property damage, firm tells US safety watchdog

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HP recalls millions of power cables amid fears of overheating The cables connect to some Compaq products launched between September 2010 and June 2012.
By  Stephen McBride Published  August 27, 2014

HP yesterday announced it was recalling 6m of its Compaq power cords over concerns of a potential fire hazard, CNET reported yesterday.

The LS-15 cables connect to some Compaq notebooks, mini notebooks and a number of accessories, such as docking stations, all of which were launched between September 2010 and June 2012.

"HP has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring, resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage," HP said in a statement to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In 2013, HP's Chromebook 11 suffered a similar setback and was also recalled following an announcement by Google and HP that the charger could overheat. HP laptop batteries have also previously been pulled following overheating problems.

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