Laptop Power Adapters Recalled for Burn Hazard

A large recall of about 507,000 Targus <"">Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops is being initiated, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The manufacturer, Comarco Inc. of, Lake Forest, California implemented the recall because faulty wiring can cause the connector tips on the Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops to heat and melt the plastic encasing the connector tips, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

To date, 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 fingertip or hand burn. No reports of medical attention were received.

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.

The recalled Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops were sold at WalMart, Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples,, 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. The Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops were manufactured in China.

This is the second recall on which we have reported today alone involving a defective item that was manufactured in China. Imports from China into the United States have long been making headlines for issues with defective parts and dangerous elements, including hazardous lead levels in children’s toys and products, parts that can break off and pose choking hazards to children, and problems with hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings that are considered defective and dangerous to children.

Recalls have also been associated with unsafe, sometimes deadly, medications, pet food, consumer food and health items, and the ongoing drywall debacle that has been the culprit in untold numbers of cases involving homes across the United States plagued with corroding metals and offensive odors. In many cases the entire gutting of houses has been mandated to correct the problem.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled adapter and contact Comarco to receive instructions on returning the unit for a free refurbished replacement. Comarco can be reached toll-free at (877) 781-5186 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s Web site at

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