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Recall of the Week: Lenovo AC power cords due to fire and burn hazards

LenovoACPowerCordLARGELenovo is recalling about 500,000 AC power cords in the United States and 44,000 in Canada.

The AC power cord can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

No incidents or injuries have been reported in the U.S. or Canada. However, Lenovo has received reports from outside the U.S. of 15 incidents involving overheating, sparking, melting, and burning. No injuries were reported.

This recall involves Lenovo's LS-15 AC power cord manufactured from February 2011 to December 2011. The power cords were distributed with IdeaPad brand B-, G-, S-, U-, V-, and Z-series laptop computers and Lenovo brand B-, G-, and V-series laptop computers.

The recalled power cords are black in color and have the "LS-15" molded mark on the AC adapter end. The manufacture date code in the format REV: 00 YYMM is on a label attached to the cord.

Laptop computers with the AC power cords were sold at computer and electronics stores, authorized dealers, and online at www.lenovo.com from February 2011 through June 2012 for between $350 and $1,500.

Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled power cords and contact Lenovo for a free replacement, the company and commission advise. Consumers can continue to use the computer on battery power.

For more information, call Lenovo at 800-426-7378 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.lenovo.com and click on Support at the bottom of the page, then select News and Alerts, then click on Recalls.

Copyright 2014, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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