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Lenovo power cords: overheating, sparking, melting and burning

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Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo has recalled more than half a million laptop power cords because they can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards, the Consumer Product and Safety Commission announced.

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About 500,000 cords in the U.S. and about 44,000 cords in Canada are being recalled.

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.

None reported in the U.S. or Canada. Lenovo has received reports from outside the U.S. of 15 incidents involving overheating, sparking, melting and burning. No injuries were reported.

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

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