About 39,400 laser printers made by Lexmark and sold by Lexmark, IBM and Dell can pose an electrical shock hazard, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned.
The printers can short circuit, exposing users to the shock danger. There are no reports of injuries related to the issue, but Lexmark is recalling the printers to prevent injuries.
Lexmark discovered the hazard in one printer during internal testing after the equivalent of several years of normal use, the company said on its website. The problem occurs when multiple components fail and when the printer is connected to an ungrounded power source.
The recalled printers include Dell 1700 and 1700n, IBM Infoprint 1412 and 1412n and Lexmark E232, E232t, E330, E332n and E332tn. The printers were sold worldwide, directly and at office supply and computer stores for about $200 (£110) between May and August.
Owners should stop using the printer, unplug it and contact the supplier to receive a replacement printer.
Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service