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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 1997

Release # 97-132
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, General Cable Corp. Announce Recall of Extension Cords

CPSC, General Cable Corp. Announce Recall of Extension CordsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), General Cable Corp. of Highland Heights, Ky., is recalling more than 2,700 outdoor extension cords sold under the Carol and Ace brand names. An exposed wire near the receptacle end of the cord presents a shock hazard to consumers.

CPSC and General Cable Corp. are not aware of any injuries involving these extension cords. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The Carol brand extension cords have orange, yellow, green, blue, or beige cords. Plugs and receptacles either match the cord or are black. The cord has three receptacles at one end, where the markings "CAROL" and "W-8" are imprinted. The cord is available in lengths ranging from 2 to 100 feet. The cord is packaged in a cardboard wrapper that reads in part, "CAROL...POWR-CENTER ...Outdoor Cord...Made in USA." The cord is UL listed.

The Ace brand extension cords have orange cords and black plugs and receptacles. The cord has three receptacles at one end, where the marking "W-8" is imprinted. "ACE" may also appear on the receptacle. The cord is available in the following lengths: 2, 10, 50, or 100 feet. The cord is packaged in a cardboard wrapper that reads in part, "ACE Outdoor 3 Outlet Power Center...Manufactured in USA for ACE." The cord is UL listed.

Hardware stores, home centers, and electrical distributors nationwide sold the extension cords from April 1997 through May 1997 for about $6 to $90, depending on the length and gauge of the cord.

Consumers should stop using these extension cords immediately and return them to the store where purchased to receive a full refund. Consumers can also receive a refund by calling General Cable Corp. toll-free at (888) 594-2600 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday or writing to the company at Dept. 1R, Tesseneer Drive, Highland Heights, Ky. 41076-9753.

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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