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Recall of the Week: Targus Laptops Adapters due to burn hazard

Comarco Inc., of Lake Forest, Calif., is recalling about 507,000 Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops.

10214a[1] Faulty wiring can cause the connector tips to heat and melt the plastic encasing the connector tips, posing a burn hazard to consumers, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety commission.

Comarco has received 518 incidents of the connector tips heating, 53 of which resulted in the melting of the plastic casings, according to the commission. Eight consumers have reported a finger tip or hand burn. No reports of medical attention were received.

The recall involves the Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops. Only models with the following SKU numbers are being recalled: APA23US-02, APA23US-03, APA23US-04, APA63US-03, APA63US-04, APM62US-03, and APM62US-04. The SKU number is located on the bottom of the adapter.

Manufactured in China, the adaptors were sold at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, Amazon.com, and other retailers nationwide from June 2009 through March 2010 for between $89 and $109 for adapters for wall outlets only and for between $129 and $149 for adapters for both wall outlets and car/airplane use.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled adapter, the commission advises, and contact Comarco to receive details for returning the unit for a free refurbished replacement.

For additional information, contact Comarco at 877-781-5186 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.regcen.com/comarcorecall.

More details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2010, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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