Lexmark, Dell and IBM printers can pose shock hazard

Lexmark, Dell and IBM printers can pose shock hazard

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned that about 39,400 laser printers made by Lexmark International and sold by Lexmark, IBM and Dell worldwide could pose an electrical shock hazard, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The printers can short circuit, exposing users to the shock danger.

There were no reports of injuries related to the issue, but Lexmark, in cooperation with the CPSC, was recalling the printers to prevent injuries, the CPSC said.

Lexmark discovered the hazard in one printer during internal testing after the equivalent of several years of normal use, the Lexington, Kentucky-based company said in a statement on its website.

The problem occured when multiple components failed and when the printer was connected to an ungrounded power source, Lexmark said.

The recalled printers include Dell 1700 and 1700n, IBM Infoprint 1412 and 1412n and Lexmark E232, E232t, E330, E332n and E332tn, according to the CPSC. However, IBM Australia spokesperson Heather Jones said this does not affect IBM Australia's customers or business partners at all. "The IBM Infoprint 1412 product was released in the US earlier this year and no units have yet been despatched to IBM customers or business partners in ANZ," she said.

The printers were sold worldwide, directly and at office supply and computer stores for about $US200 between May and August of this year.

Owners should stop using the printer, unplug it and contact the vendor to receive a replacement printer, the CPSC said.

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