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Seiko Epson Corp. said Wednesday it will provide free repair services for 250,000 laser printers in 13 models to prevent them from short-circuiting or giving users electric shocks.

Seiko Epson engineers will visit households and offices of users of the LP-8300S, LP-8400 and 11 other models sold between December 1997 and March 2001, the manufacturer said.

The printers will not inflict serious injuries on users even if they suffer slight electric shocks, the company said.

Still, the company called on users to refrain from touching the metal components of these printers with wet hands or attempting to disassemble them.

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