May 28, 1997
Release # 97-131
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, MBR Industries Inc. Announce Recall of
Power Strip Surge Protectors
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MBR Industries
Inc. of Miami, Fla., is recalling about 2,970 power strip surge protectors. The surge
protectors have undersized and loose wires, loose connections, and improper grounding,
which present fire, shock, and electrocution hazards.
CPSC and MBR are not aware of any injuries involving these surge protectors. This recall
is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The surge protector has six black
outlets. There is no labeling on the surge protector or the electrical cord, but it is
made of a beige-colored metal with a red power switch and a black reset button. The
electrical cord is black. The surge protector is packaged in a cardboard box labeled in
part, "SURGE PROTECTOR...Surge Suppressor...NC NEW CHAMPION By Pomtrex...ITEM
NC-12862...MADE IN CHINA FOR MBR INDUSTRIES INC."
Independent discount, hardware, and variety stores in the East, mostly in Florida and New
York, sold the surge protectors from December 1996 through February 1997 for about $4.
Consumers should stop using the recalled surge protectors immediately and return them to
the stores where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should call
MBR at (800) 325-0015.
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