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Risks of Burns from Hewlett-Packard Power Cords Prompts Recall

Whether for work, studying, or leisure, most of us use a computer on a daily basis. Computers are everywhere in our lives: in our offices, in our cars on the dashboard and GPS system, and in our phones. In this modern day, computers have become entwined with how we function day to day as a community. With computers being such a significant facet of our society, they should also be safe products to use.

However, as recent news relays, that is not always the case. A recent article by the International Business Times reports that there has been a recall over a risk of burns from Hewlett-Packard power cords. The article states that there have been concerns that not only could these power cords overheat and cause burns but that the overheating also poses a fire hazard as well. As a result, Hewlett-Packard has recalled over six million power cords from the United States and Canada. This voluntary recall occurred after 29 people reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that their power cords had caused burns or melted. In total there have been two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage. The recall is specifically for the power cords named “LS-15,” which was sold with Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebooks and mini notebooks and with AC adapter-powered accessories like docking stations. Customers have been advised to immediately stop using these cords. It is estimated that approximately 5.6 million cords will be recalled in the United States and 446,700 in Canada.

This is not the first time that Hewlett-Packard has needed to make a recall for defective products. According to the same article, in 2009 – 2011 there was a significant recall for lithium ion batteries in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers. The batteries at issue had overheating problems as well that led to fire and burn risks.

Products, especially those that we use frequently in our daily lives, should be safe and defect free. Where a product poses a danger to consumers and serious or life-changing injuries result, the company and manufacturer may be held liable in a product liability lawsuit. In such a lawsuit it must be shown that the company or manufacturer failed to properly inspect products for dangers where they could have known of the danger, knew about product dangers but failed to remove these products from the stream of commerce, and/or failed to warn consumers about dangers. Product liability law does not just cover technology products but a wide array of products including, but not limited to, foods, pharmaceuticals, appliances, toys, clothing and household products.

Our attorneys are proud of our accomplishments in the area of product liability law, and continue to represent Illinois clients in claims to obtain compensation for their injuries and suffering caused by dangerous and defective products. Through these lawsuits we have not only helped clients get justice but have removed these dangerous products from the marketplace for good. If you have been injured from a dangerous product, we may be able to help you with a product liability lawsuit. Call us today for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your legal options with you.