You all know how much I HATE sensationalizing things, but power cords that catch fire are no joke. If you’ve bought an HP Laptop from September 2010-June 2012, you need to exchange that power cord with HP.
Save yourself any potential issues and follow the instructions in the article below from Forbes.com
8/27/2014 @ 1:10PM 6,043 views
By Jason Evangelho Contributor
If you purchased any HP or Compaq laptop between September 2010 and June 2012, you may have a faulty power cord potentially capable of causing skin burns or fires, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This has resulted in a recall by Hewlett-Packard HPQ -1.1% of approximately six million power leads.
The power lead is the portion of an AC Adapter that extends from the power brick to the wall outlet. The recall specifically targets the LS-15 AC power cord which was distributed globally with HP and Compaq notebooks, mini-notebooks, and certain AC adapter-powered accessories like docking stations. Look for the “LS-15″ mark branded into the cord itself.
HP indicates that they’ve received “29 separate reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.”
Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computer AC power cord.
According to HP, this affects 5.5 million power cords in the US, and 446,000 in Canada. They’re recommending that customers immediately stop using the laptop and unplug the power cord (it’s perfectly safe to operate these notebooks under battery power).
As you’d expect, HP is offering a free replacement, and you can get in touch with the company two ways: Head to HP.com, navigate to the bottom of the page and click “Recalls” followed by “Power Cord Recall,” or call their customer service line at (877) 219-6676 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT.
While it’s a sure bet that only a small percentage of the 6 million recalled power cords are faulty, this is one situation you don’t want to leave to chance. Reach out to HP if you have any doubts or concerns whatsoever.