March 31, 1997
Release # 97-094
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC and Chandur Hasso Inc. Announce Recall of
Extension Cords and Power Strip Surge Protectors
CPSC and Chandur
Hasso Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these products. This recall is being
conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The brown 12-foot extension cord (model SS2104) has undersized wires and is made with a
plastic that, once ignited, continues to burn and spread flames. The receptor end of the
cord is imprinted with seven parallel ribs on each side. "125V 13A" is imprinted
on the single receptor end. The cord has a plastic warning label attached to one end that
reads in part, "CAUTION AVOID HAZARDS...KEEP CHILDREN AWAY...DO NOT USE DAMAGED
CORD...FOR INDOOR USE ONLY." The cord was packaged in a cardboard wrapper labeled in
part, "SOMITO...SS2104...12 ft. Household Extension Cord...Polarized."
Retailers in New York and Illinois., such as Hyundai Electronics, Jack's 99¢ Stores, Star
Distributors, and Universal Electronics, sold these cords from February to April 1996 for
The 6-outlet power strip surge protector (model number SX-865) has undersized wires,
faulty soldering, and a non-polarized plug. There is no labeling on the surge protector,
but it is made of a beige-colored metal with black outlets and a red power switch. The
electrical cord is white. The surge protector was packaged in a blue cardboard box labeled
in part, METAL SURGE PROTECTED OUTLET CENTER...FULL 3 LINE GROUND PROTECTION...LIGHTED
ON/OFF SWITCH...SOMITO MODEL# SX-865." There is a picture of the surge protector on
the front of the box.
The 6-outlet power strip surge protector has undersized wires, faulty soldering, and a
non-polarized plug. There is no labeling on the surge protector, but it is made of a
beige-colored metal with black outlets and a red power switch. The electrical cord is
black. The surge protector was packaged in a blue cardboard box labeled in part,
"6-OUTLET AC SURGE PROTECTOR...CLEAN POWER SOURCE WITH SPIKE SUPPRESSOR...15 AMPS
MAXIMUM CAPACITY." There is a picture of the surge protector on the front of the box,
and part of the surge protector is visible through a plastic-covered cutout that is part
of the picture. Discount and hardware stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Maryland, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio sold these surge protectors from January 1995 to
October 1996 for about $5.
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 should call Chandur Hasso Inc. at (800) 451-4244. Consumers who
live in the New York metropolitan area should call (212) 268-6265.
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
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