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May 2, 1996

Release # 96-117
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Sprint International, Inc. Announce Extension Cord Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sprint International, Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling 20,196 extension cords. The cord's wires are undersized, making them unsuitable for use as extension cords because they cannot carry the same load as properly constructed extension cords. The recalled cords present a fire, shock and electrocution hazard. In addition, the cords are made with a plastic that, once ignited, continues to burn and spread flames.

CPSC and Sprint International, Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these extension cords. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The brown or white extension cords measure 6 feet (item AC-67-6), 12 feet (item AC-67-12), 15 feet (item AC-67-15), or 20 feet (item AC-67-20). The cords are labelled in part, "SPT-2 ... 18AWGX2C." The cords were packaged in cardboard sleeves labeled in part, "SPRINT... HOUSEHOLD EXTENSION CORD." Retail stores in New York and New Jersey sold the cords from January 1994 through December 1995 for between $1 and $3.

Consumers who own the recalled extension cords should stop using them immediately and return them to the stores where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should call Daniel Sivarak at (718) 499-5511 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Consumers who live outside the New York metropolitan area should call (800) 955-3115.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to