The LS-15 can overheat and cause fires. So HP has issued a voluntary worldwide recall on 6 million of these power cords used on HP and Compaq computers (you can see the number on the female end of the cord) from 9/2010 – 6/2012.
Not all HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook PCs were sold with the LS-15.
“There were 29 reports of cords overheating, melting and charring causing 2 claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.” – c|net
“HP Notebook PC AC Power Cord Safety Recall and Replacement Program
On August 26, 2014 HP announced a worldwide voluntary recall and replacement program in cooperation with various government regulatory agencies, for affected AC power cords distributed worldwide with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, as well as with AC adapters provided with accessories such as docking stations, sold from September 2010 through June 2012.
HP customers affected by this program will be eligible to receive a replacement AC power cord for each verified, recalled AC power cord at no cost.
HP believes that certain power cords shipped with notebook PC products and AC adapter accessories may pose a risk of a fire and burn hazard to customers. We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers.
Note: Not all HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook PCs were sold with an affected power cord. Please validate the power cord shipped with your notebook PC or purchased with an accessory, or as a spare.” – HP
Turns out that in 2013, HP had to recall power cords for Chromebook 11and it was pulled off the shelves. HP notebook batteries have also been recalled after overheating causing injury and damage.
IF YOU HAVE AN LS-15 POWER CORD, STOP USING IT IMMEDIATELY AND CONTACT HP FOR A FREE REPLACEMENT. MOST AFFECTED ARE IN THE USA AND CANADA.
The link you need: https://h30652.www3.hp.com/