February 6, 1997
Release # 97-066
|CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184
CPSC, Dollar Tree Stores Inc. Recall
Adapter Plug Packs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dollar Tree Stores Inc. of Norfolk, Va.,
is recalling about 60,000 adapter plug packs. The adapters were incorrectly identified as
being listed with Underwriters Laboratories. The adapters present potential fire and shock
hazards due to improper construction.
CPSC and Dollar Tree Stores Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these adapter
plugs. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The adapter plugs are used to connect a three-pronged electrical plug into a two-slot
grounded outlet. The adapter plugs are made of orange rubber. The following words are
imprinted into the rubber, "CAUTION...CONNECT TAB TO GROUNDED
The adapter plugs are sold as sets of three. The three adapters are enclosed in a plastic
shell with a black backer card. The package is labeled in part, "3 PK...GROUNDING
ADAPTER PLUG...For connection of 3 pronged plug to a 2 slot grounded outlet...UL
LISTED...MADE IN CHINA."
Dollar Tree and Only One Dollar stores sold the adapter plugs in the South, Midwest, and
East from January 1996 through July 1996 for $1.
Consumers should stop using the adapter plugs immediately, and return them to the store
where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should contact Dollar
Tree at (800) 876-8077.
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,
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