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February 6, 1997

Release # 97-066
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC, Dollar Tree Stores Inc. Recall Adapter Plug Packs

CPSC, Dollar Tree Stores Inc. Recall Adapter Plug PacksWASHINGTON, 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 SCREW...CHINA...15A...125V."

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, 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