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Computer power cords cause fires and burns

Some consumer products can be dangerous. However, most Minnesota residents know to be careful when using these types of products -- including power tools, knifes, ladders and other products that carry inherent risks even when used correctly. However, other products don't carry these types of risk and people do not expect to get hurt while using them. Therefore, when injuries occur with these seemingly benign objects people can be thrown way off guard and not know how to react.

In these cases, companies are responsible for the damage that unreasonably dangerous products cause. Recently, Hewlett-Packard has issued a recall on dangerous computer power cords after they caused injuries. In this case, power cords for the company's mini notebook computers and other AC adapter-power accessories have overheated and caused fires. There have been two cases of burns in the United States and at least 13 claims of property damage.

The company recently announced a product recall which will replace people's defective power cords for free. The recall affects over 6 million power cords distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Consumers are urged to stop using the defective power cords and to contact the company for free replacement.

A product recall can stop additional injuries from occurring but it cannot compensate people who have already suffered injuries from a defective product. Therefore, people of been injured by defective products need to know their legal rights. By filing a products liability lawsuit, those injured by defective products can receive compensation for their injuries. This competition can include money for physical and emotional damages. These damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation cost, property damage, pain and suffering and more.

Source: International Business Times, "Product Recall Alert: Hewlett-Packard Pulls Out 6M Power Cords from US, Canada Over Fire Hazard Concerns, Australia Also Affected," Esther Tanquintic-Misa, Aug. 28, 2014

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