This laptop charger is being recalled due to risk of electric shock - here’s how to check your model

By Rhona Shennan
Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 2:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 2:24 pm
What you need to know about the recalled adapter (Photo: Trading Standards)
What you need to know about the recalled adapter (Photo: Trading Standards)

The latest in technological recalls includes a laptop adapter which could pose a serious danger to those who use it.

This is what you need to know about the laptop adapter and what you need to do if you own one.

What’s the danger?

The power adapter being recalled has been found not to comply with the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 62368-1.

This means that the creepage and clearance distances between the product’s primary and secondary circuits are insufficient.

As a consequence of this, accessible parts could become live, which greatly increases the risk of the user receiving an electric shock.

Trading Standards rates this alert as “serious”.

The laptop adapter

Unfortunately the recall notice does not include a specific brand, batch number or barcode, but the product was sold online, particularly on eBay.

If you have recently purchased a replacement laptop charger on the internet, it is worth checking its specifications and appearance to make sure you are not affected.

Your adapter may be included in the recall if it is:

Black and made of plasticRated input: 100-240V 1.6A and Output: 12V 2.58ASold primarily on eBayMade in the People’s Republic of China

What to do if you’re affected

If your laptop adapter fits this description then you should cease to use the product immediately.

The product has also been removed from online marketplaces and by retailers. Unfortunately there is no further information detailing if you can get a refund for the adapter.