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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 1997

Release # 97-093
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Eastern America Trio Products Inc. Recall Trisonic Extension Cords and Power Strip Surge Protectors

CPSC and Eastern America Trio Products Inc. Recall Trisonic Extension Cords and Power Strip Surge ProtectorsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), importer Eastern America Trio Products Inc. of Flushing, N.Y., is recalling over 43,500 Trisonic extension cords and over 26,800 Trisonic power strip surge protectors. The extension cords and power strip surge protectors present fire and shock hazards.

CPSC and Eastern America Trio Products Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these extension cords and power strip surge protectors. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The white 12-foot extension cord (model number TS-2512W) has undersized wire, which has been incorrectly connected to the attachment plug creating reverse polarity. The following words are printed on the cord, "SPT-2 60o VW-1 16AWGX2C E135375 404803-002." A blue tag attached to the cord reads in part, "UND. LAB INC LIST CORD SET ISSUE No. BU-6684...13A...125V...1625W...GE CO." The cord was packaged in a cardboard wrapper labeled in part, "Trisonic TS-2512W 12 Ft. Household EXTENSION CORD UL LISTED NO. E109853."

Discount and hardware stores nationwide sold the cords from November 1993 through November 1995 for about $2.

The gray 9-foot air conditioner/appliance extension cord (model number TS-2609) has a non-polarized plug. There is no identification information on the cord. The cord was packaged in a cardboard wrapper labeled in part, "Trisonic AIR CONDITIONER/APPLIANCE EXTENSION CORD...UL GROUNDED 3 PRONGED...9FT...13A/125V...1625W."

Discount and hardware stores nationwide sold the cords from July 1994 through November 1995 for about $4. The cream 8-outlet power strip surge protector (model number TS-1008) has undersized wiring, faulty soldering, and a flammable plastic body. The following words are molded into the back of the power strip, "8 OUTLET POWER STRIP (TEMPORARY POWER TAP) AC125V 15A...MADE IN CHINA." A silver label bears both the UL and CSA symbols without listed numbers. The power strip was packaged in a cardboard box labeled in part, "Trisonic TS-1008...8 OUTLET POWER STRIP SURGE PROTECTOR SAFETY CIRCUIT BREAKER."

Discount and hardware stores nationwide sold the power strip surge protectors from January 1992 through September 1995 for about $7.

Consumers should stop using these extension cords and power strip surge protectors immediately, and return them to the stores where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers can call Eastern America Trio Products Inc. at (800) 661-7146.

This recall does not extend to other models of Trisonic extension cords and power strip surge protectors.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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