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Thousands of power adapters recalled over severe electrical shock hazard

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Power adapters are invaluable pieces of equipment. They help convert AC voltage to a single, specific DC voltage for a given device such as a computer. Yet like any electrical component, a defect can turn power adapters into dangerous electrical hazards.

Yamaha Corporation of America recently issued a recall for about 34,500 of its power adapters. The company reasoned that the adapters have a potential electrical hazard. Cracks can form on the affected adapters, causing the casing of the adapter to fall apart and expose electrical writing, which can pose electrical shock risks to users.

The adapters were sold bundled with Yamaha’s analog mixing console models. The company also sold them individually as replacement parts. Yamaha noted that it’s only recalling the PA-10 AC Power Adapter model.

Yamaha said it had not received any reports of injuries related to the defect. It has advised consumers who own the adapters to call the company for a free replacement.

The risks of electrical shocks

The severity of electric injuries depends on the type of current, current strength, how much time you’ve spent touching the open line, and more. Some possible injuries include:

  • Burns
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Muscle pain and contractions
  • Respiratory failure
  • Nerve damage
  • Brain injury
  • Hearing loss

If you’ve suffered an injury from an electric shock, immediately let go of the electric source. Contact local emergency services or have someone call for help. Move away from the electric source if you can but avoid any unnecessary movement until emergency services arrive.

Product liability rights

You may be able to seek compensation if you’ve suffered an electrical injury from a defective product. To pursue a product liability claim, you need to prove that the product was defective and caused your injury, despite you using it as intended. This will involve collecting evidence, your medical reports and witness testimonies.

An experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to assist you through the process of filing a lawsuit. They can help gather and present evidence, negotiate with companies and insurers, and if necessary, represent you in court.