HP is recalling about 6 million computer power cords globally, including in Australia, after various government regulatory agencies received reports of the cords melting or charring.
The recalled item, the LS-15 AC power cord, was distributed with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, and also with AC adapter-powered accessories such as docking stations, sold from September 2010 through June 2012.
HP advised affected customers to stop using the power cord and apply for a replacement, free of charge.
The company said in a statement it believes the power cord poses a fire risk.
About 5.6 million power cords are being recalled in the United States. The cords were all made by a single, unidentified Chinese manufacturer, a source familiar with the situation said.
HP received 29 reports of cords overheating and melting or charring, as well as two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.
HP Australia confirmed the local market was impacted by the product recall and advised customers to validate their AC power cord on a website set up by the company for the replacement program.