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October 24, 1996

Release # 97-008
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC and Northeastern Plastics Announce Extension Cord Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Northeastern Plastics Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling approximately 31,000 extension cords. Undersized wires in the extension cords present fire, shock, and electrocution hazards.

CPSC and Northeastern Plastics 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 were available in a variety of lengths, including a brown 6-foot model no. 441, a brown 9-foot model no. 442, a brown 12-foot model no. 443, a brown 20-foot model no. 445, a white 9-foot model no. 447, and a white 12-foot model no. 448. The markings "SPT-1 60C VW-1 18 awg X 2C YWC" appear on each cord printed in green ink. The cords were imported from China and packaged in a green and white sleeve labeled, in part, "JUMPOWER." Retailers in Michigan, New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico, such as Universal International, $1 Depot, and Galaxy, sold these extension cords from April to July 1996 for about $5.

Consumers should stop using the recalled cords immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should call Northeastern Plastics Inc. at (800) 989-2674 Ext. 76.

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