Toshiba Australia recalls combustible laptop power cords

Lappies sold between 2010 and 2012 at risk becoming El Scorcho

Toshiba Australia has issued a recall notice for the power cord it supplied with laptops sold in Australia between 1st September 2010 and 30th June 2012.

The recall notice says the “'LS-15' labelled AC Power cord” was built with “electrical insulation [that] may degrade over time”.

If that happens, there's “potential to overheat and burn”.

Ouch.

If you own such a device, get thee hither to register for a replacement.

Or if you'd rather not jump through those hoops, this looks to be an utterly standard C-13 to AS/NZS3112 that you can probably pick up for a fiver at any decent electrical retailer. Or have half a dozen of in your shed.

Toshiba's not the only company to recall this cord: HP's also done a global recall. Somewhere, a low-level supplier is having rather deep chats with its lawyers and insurers. ®

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