April 16, 1996
Release # 96-104
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Consolidated Stores Announce Power Strip
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation
with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Consolidated Stores Corp. of
Columbus, Ohio, is recalling about 125,000 six-outlet power strips. The electrical wiring
in the power strip cord could overheat and possibly cause a fire. In addition, the poor
quality and construction of the power strip poses an electrocution hazard for consumers.
While no injuries have been associated with the use of the power strips, Consolidated
Stores is aware of two reports of tools that were damaged after being plugged into a power
strip. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The beige metal power strips, item 81488, measure 12 inches long, 2.25 inches wide and 1.5
inches deep. The power strips have six black receptacles, a red on/off indicator switch,
and a black cord. They were packaged in a blue box labeled in part, "FULL SURGE 6
OUTLET POWER STRIP ... 6 RECEPTACLES. CIRCUIT BREAKER. 5 FT CORD ... 15 AMPS MAX."
The back of the box is labeled in part: "SURGE PROTECTED 6-OUTLET CENTER ... SAFETY
GUARD ... MADE IN CHINA UNION FIELD INDUSTRIES LTD CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA 91789 ... UPC code
0 83726 81488 5." There are no identifying markings or labels on the power strips.
Odd Lots, Big Lots, and All For One retail stores in the East, South, and Midwest sold the
power strips from May 1995 to December 1995 for about $5 each. Consumers should stop using
the power strips immediately and return them to an Odd Lots, Big Lots, or All For One
store for a full refund or exchange. For more information, consumers should call Michael
Schlonsky at Consolidated Stores Corp. at (800) 877-1253, extension 6807.
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