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Comarco Recalls Power Adapters for Laptops Due to Burn Hazard

4-30-2010

NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs    Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2010
Release #10-214   

Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 781-5186
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Comarco Recalls Power Adapters for Laptops Due to Burn Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops

Units: About 507,000

Manufacturer: Comarco Inc. of, Lake Forest, Calif.

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

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 518 incidents of the connector tips heating, 53 of which resulted in the melting of the plastic casings. Eight consumers have reported a finger tip or hand burn. No reports of medical attention were received.

Description: This recall involves the Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops. Only models with the following SKU numbers are affected by this recall: APA23US-02, APA23US-03, APA23US-04, APA63US-03, APA63US-04, APM62US-03 and APM62US-04. The SKU number can be found on the underside of the adapter unit.

Sold at: WalMart, Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, Amazon.com and other retailers nationwide from June 2009 through March 2010 for between $89 and 109 for adapters for wall outlets only and for between $129 and $149 for adapters for both wall outlets and car/airplane use.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled adapter and contact Comarco to receive instructions on returning the unit for a free refurbished replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Comarco toll-free at (877) 781-5186 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.regcen.com/comarcorecall




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