February 3, 2016 12:29 pm
Updated: February 3, 2016 1:28 pm

Microsoft recalls over 2 million power cords due to fire risk

A picture of the affected power cords.


Microsoft is recalling more than two million power cords sold with its Surface Pro tablets after reports that the cords are at risk of overheating and producing flames.

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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Microsoft has received 56 reports of the AC cords overheating and emitting flames. The tech company also received five reports of electric shock related to the power cords.

The recall affects AC power cords for Microsoft  Surface Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro 2, and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices sold before March 15, 2015.

“Microsoft will provide one AC power cord replacement free of charge for each eligible Surface Pro device that you own. No proof of damage is required to receive a replacement AC power cord,” reads Microsoft’s website.

Surface Pro tablets sold after March 15, 2015 have a redesigned power cord that is not affected by the recall.

Last week Apple issued a similar recall for certain types of AC wall plug adapters included in some iPhone, iPad and Mac products, due to the risk of the adapters breaking and causing electric shock. According to the company, the recall includes two-pronged wall plug adapters included with Mac computers and 10-watt adapters included with certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015.

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