Lenovo Recalls 500,000 IdeaPad Power Adapters, Cites Fire Hazard

If you’re reading this on a Lenovo IdeaPad, you might want to unplug that power cord and take a look at it. Lenovo launched a voluntary recall of power cords for its IdeaPad laptops today, citing the potential for “overheating, sparking, melting and burning.”

Lenovo is recalling an adapter cord that might be a fire hazard.
Look for "LS-15" on the cord to identify Lenovo's recalled AC adapter cord.

The recall affects IdeaPads in the B, G, S, U, V, and Z families, but only models that were built between February 2011 and December 2011 (and were sold between February 2011 and June 2012). Figuring out whether you have one of the recalled cords is easy: put the end of the cord under a light so you can read the molded text and look for “LS-15,” which should be right at the top of the text. If your cord still has a label attached to it, the label will read “REV:  00 YYMM” (year, month).

If you bought your laptop in 2011 or 2012, this power cord may be a problem.

So far, none of the cords have overheated in the U.S., but Lenovo isn’t taking any chances. It instructs people who have the cord to stop using it and call the company at 800-426-7378 between 9am and 5pm ET Monday through Friday. Lenovo will send you a free cord and asks you to “use the computer on battery power” in the meantime.

Lenovo estimates that about 500,000 computers in the U.S. and 44,000 in Canada are affected by the recall.