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March 5, 1997

Release # 97-079
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Supreme Premium Products Inc. Recall Surge Protectors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Supreme Premium Products Inc. of New York, N.Y., is recalling about 7,500 surge protectors. The surge protectors come in two models. Both models have undersized wires, loose connections and improper grounding, which present fire, shock and electrocution hazards.

CPSC and Supreme Premium Products Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these surge protectors. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The two models being recalled are both six outlet surge protectors. There is no labeling on the surge protectors themselves, but both are made of beige-colored metal with black cords and outlets. One model has a single red power switch and is packaged in a blue cardboard box labeled in part, "6 Outlet AC Surge Protector...Clean Power Source With Spike Suppressor...Built In Safety Circuit Breaker...Master Switch With Pilot Light...Durable Enamel Finished Housing...15 AMPS Maximum Capacity." There is a picture of the surge protector on the front of the box. The other model has seven red power switches and is packaged in a red cardboard box labeled in part, "6 Outlet Power Surge Protector Safety Circuit Breaker...Individual Switch...15 AMPS...Built-In Brackets...Heavy-duty surge protection for computer systems and other sensitive electronic equipment." The surge protector is visible through a cutout on the front of the box.

Wholesalers and discount stores sold the surge protectors nationwide from August 1995 through October 1996 for about $6 to $7.

Consumers should stop using the recalled surge protectors immediately, and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should call Supreme Premium Products Inc. at (800) 544-7710. Consumers who live in the New York metropolitan area should call (212) 629-8527.

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