May 29, 1997
Release # 97-132
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, General Cable Corp. Announce Recall of
WASHINGTON, 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
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,
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