Lenovo Recalls 544,000 Laptop Power Cords

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More than a half-million AC power cords are being recalled by Lenovo because they can overheat and cause fires or burns, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday.

The cords came with a variety of Lenovo and IdeaPad laptops that were sold between February 2011 and June 2012. About 500,000 of the recalled cords were sold in the U.S. and another 44,000 in Canada.

Lenovo told the commission that the company has received about 15 complaints from consumers of cords that overheated, sparked, melted or burned. All of those complaints came from outside the U.S. and Canada.

Product Codes

Lenovo's LS-15 AC power cord came with the IdeaPad brand B-, G-, S-, U-, V- and Z-series laptops, and with Lenovo B-, G- and V-series laptops. The cords are black and have "LS-15" molded on the AC adapter end.

A label on the Chinese-made cords should have the manufacture date code in this format: REV: 00 YYMM. The recalled cords were manufactured from February 2011 through December 2011.

If you have one of the recalled cords, you are urged to unplug it and stop using it. You can contact Lenovo to receive a free replacement. The computer itself is not being recalled and can be used on battery power.

Consumers can contact Lenovo at (800) 426-7378 weekdays between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern or visit the Lenovo recall page to learn if your cord is being recalled and how to order a new one.
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