While Philips Electronics has begun voluntarily recalling about 92,000 speaker power adapters in the US because they present a potential shock hazard, Australian consumers will not be publicly informed of the hazard until early June.
The adapters were sold with Hewlett-Packard desktop computers, which included HP's P1534A External Amplified Speaker sets. The black speaker power adapter has the model number "D12-1-A-950" printed on a white label.
Philips said on its Web site the adapter's power cord connector is not earthed, and is therefore a potential hazard to users. It advises consumers to immediately detach the T-junction plug that connects the speaker power cord to the computer and stop using the speakers.
According to Philips Australia communications manager Patrick Southam, 2,500 of the faulty power adapters have been sold in Australia to date.
"The recall is really just a precautionary measure, the adapters do not pose a significant immediate danger," he said.
Southam said that although the recall has already begun in the US, Philips will not make an official announcement to its Australian consumers until early next month. "We'll be putting in an advertisement in the papers in early June," he said.
Southam said Australia's "different regulatory regime" was primarily responsible for the delayed public announcement to Australian consumers.
A 1300 help line will be set up in Malaysia to handle queries regarding the recall in the Asia-Pacific region, Southam said. He was uncertain when the help line would be operational.