HP said in a statement today it would be recalling LS-15 AC power cords used with HP and Compaq branded laptops.
About six million LS-15 cords were sold with HP and Compaq accessories, notebooks and mini-notebooks between 2010 and 2012 in the US and Canada.
HP and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said there have been 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting, which led to claims for minor burns and property damage.
An HP local spokesperson confirmed Australian consumers are also affected, but will be eligible for a replacement at no cost.
The black cords are identifiable through a "LS-15" marking on the adaptor.
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using and unplug the cords and contact Hewlett-Packard to order a free replacement. Customers can also validate their AC power cord on a website available here.