May 25, 2023

3M recalls a half million Scotch thermal laminators

A safety feature can malfunction if the laminator overheats, posing a fire hazard.

The company has received nine reports of the laminators catching fire, including three reports of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the Scotch thermal laminators that are light gray/white in color with gray accents with the following model numbers: TL1302, TL1302VP, TL1302EF, and TL1302KIT.

The laminators have "Scotch" printed on front.

The laminating slot is approximately 13 inches wide and the machine has a carrying handle on the right side.

The model number and device serial number is on a sticker on the bottom of the laminator. The sticker on all devices includes only the model "number" TL1302 without letters.

The laminators, manufactured in China, were sold at Walmart, Staples, Costco and other stores nationwide and online at, and from April 2014, through October 2022, for between $35 and $90.

Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled laminators and contact 3M for a full refund and instructions on how to properly dispose of the laminator.

Consumers should fill out the online recall registration form. 3M will then email the consumer directly to request additional information and inform consumers of how to properly dispose of the laminator.

Consumers may contact 3M at (800) 772-4337 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday, or online at for more information.

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A Washington, D.C., reporter for more than 30 years, Jim Limbach covers the federal agencies for ConsumerAffairs. Previously, he was a reporter and news anchor for Associated Press Broadcast Services, where he covered business and consumer news as well as space shots and other major spot news events.