December 3, 1996
Release # 97-034
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC and Division Sales Inc. Announce
Extension Cord Recall
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Division Sales Inc. of Itasca, Ill., is
recalling approximately 21,000 extension cords. Undersized wires that cannot carry the
same load as a properly constructed extension cord present fire, shock, and electrocution
CPSC and Division Sales Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these extension
cords. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The white extension cords are 6 feet long. The double-wired cords have a polarized male
plug on one end and three polarized female plug-in sockets at the other end. The cords are
labeled "SPT-1 18AWGX2X 80*C." The receptacle is marked in part "Rated for
125 volts. For indoor use only." The extension cords, imported from China, are
packaged in red and black cardboard display sleeves that are labeled in part,
"MASTER-TECH 6FT EXTENSION CORD ITEM NO. 80311 MADE IN CHINA FOR JUSTEN PRODUCTS
ITASCA, IL 60143."
Retailers and other distributors sold the extension cords nationwide during the last five
years for about $2.
Consumers should stop using the recalled cords immediately, and return them to the store
where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers can call Division Sales
Inc. toll-free at (800) 621-8134.
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