Microsoft recalls 285k Aussie Surface Pro power cords

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Microsoft recalls 285k Aussie Surface Pro power cords

Over fire, electric shock concerns.

Microsoft is recalling 285,000 power cords for its Surface Pro devices in Australia over concerns they could cause fire or electric shock.

Earlier this week Microsoft confirmed its plans to recall the power cords worldwide. It said damage caused by the AC power cords being wound too tightly, twisted or pinched over a long period of time could result in the cords overheating.

The Victorian Energy department today revealed Microsoft is recalling 285,000 cords sold in Australia with its Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablets between 2013 and 15 July 2015.

The agency said there had been a number of occasions when the cord that plugs into the power point had failed, exposing live wires with 240 volts.

It said there had been 50 reports of cord failures in Australia but no reports or fire or injury.

"It’s important that [individuals] stop using the power cord immediately and contact Microsoft to arrange a replacement," Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said in a statement.

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