HP has recalled six million laptop power cables after they heated up and burned users.
On the company’s recall page, it says it 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”.
The power cable is the model LS-15AC, and was bundled with HP and Compaq notebook and mini-notebook computers and accessories. They’re black, and have ‘LS-15’ printed on the AC adapter end.
They were bundled with devices sold between September 2010 and June 2012.
If you’re using one, HP advises you to unplug it and stop using it immediately. HP will replace the cable for free.
The laptops themselves, however, pose no risk.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, 5,577,000 power cables were sold in the US, and 446,700 in Canada. HP didn’t say how many were sold around the world, but the recall is global, so us Brits also need to apply for a replacement.
If you think you have one of the cables, head to HP’s information page to see which models of laptop it was bundled with. The page also has details of how to claim your free replacement.