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)
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