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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

CPSC, MBR Industries Inc. Announce Recall of Power Strip Surge ProtectorsWASHINGTON, 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.

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