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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 hazards.

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.

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