Lexmark Printers Pose Shock Hazard

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About 39,400 laser printers made by Lexmark International may pose an electrical shock hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned this week. The printers are sold by Lexmark, IBM, and Dell.

The printers can short circuit, exposing users to the shock danger. There are no reports of injuries related to the issue, but Lexmark, in cooperation with the CPSC, is recalling the printers to prevent injuries, the CPSC says in a statement.

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

The problem occurs when multiple components fail and when the printer is connected to an ungrounded power source, Lexmark says.

Affected Models

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.

The printers were sold worldwide, directly and at office supply and computer stores for about $200 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 says.

For more information, Lexmark customers can go to recall.lexmark.com or call (877) 877-6218.

Dell customers can visit www.1700printer.com or call (888) 245-3959.

IBM customers can check www.printers.ibm.com or call (800) 426-7378.

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