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Hewlett-Packard has announced product recalls of nearly 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in the United States and an additional 446,700 in Canada. The product recalls are due to an issue of overheating with potential for causing fires and burns.

The company revealed that it has received 29 reports of overheating and/or melting and charring, causing two claims of burns and 13 minor property damage claims.

The recalled power cords are LS-15 AC cords. They were sold with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers and with certain accessories such as docking stations. The recalled power cords are black and bear “LS-15” on the end of the cord. The power cords were manufactured in China.

The notebook and mini notebook computers with the recalled power cords were sold online at the company’s website and at computer and electronics retailers from September 2010 to June 2012.

Consumers who own a device with a recalled power cord should immediately cease using the devices and unplug the power cords. The computers can still be safely used on battery power. Hewlett-Packard is offering a free replacement power cord to customers impacted by the recall.

Product recalls such as this should be taken very seriously. Fortunately, in this instance the injuries and property damage that have been reported were not serious. Many consumers are injured by defective products every year. If you or a family member have been injured and you believe that a defective or recalled product was the cause, contact Clark, Perdue & List, the Ohio Product Liability Attorneys in Columbus, Ohio.