Recall Alert: Laptop Adapters Overheat

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About 507,000 laptop power adapters are being recalled after reports of hand burns caused by melted plastic casings due to faulty wiring.

The recall affects certain models of Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops made by Comarco Inc., including adapters only for wall outlets as well as adapters for wall, car and airplane outlets, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Faulty wiring can cause the connector tips to heat and melt the plastic encasing the connector tips, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Comarco has received 518 reports of overheating, including 53 cases in which plastic casings melted and eight cases in which a user’s hand or fingertip was burned.

The adapters were sold in stores and online by major retailers including Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT), Best Buy (Stock Quote: BBY), Office Depot (Stock Quote: ODP), Staples (Stock Quote: SPLS) and Amazon.com (Stock Quote: AMZN) for between $89 and $149.

Consumers are urged to stop using the adapters immediately and can contact Comarco for a free refurbished replacement. For more information visit cpsc.gov.

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