US Commission Recalls Burning Targus Laptop Adapaters

Posted: Apr 30 2010, 3:35pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:53pm CDT, in News | Hardware & Peripherals


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A Targus "universal adapter" kit for laptop charging has come under fire - literally. The unit that is supposed to make charging your computer a bit easier can actually burn your hand.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a voluntary recall for Targus's "Universal Wall Power Adapter for Laptops" (pictured above). It received 518 complaints from consumers.

53 consumers said that the unit overheated, causing their casing to melt. 8 people reported minor burns, but no one sought medical attention as a result of the product.

The firm's official description states, "Faulty wiring can cause the connector tips to heat and melt the plastic encasing the connector tips, posing a burn hazard to consumers."

The following SKUs are affected:

APA23US-02, APA23US-03, APA23US-04, APA63US-03, APA63US-04, APM62US-03 and APM62US-04

Those with an affected product should contact the government agency to request a new version for free.

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