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February 18, 1998

Release # 98-069
CPSC: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219

CPSC, Power Cord & Cable Corp. Announce Recall of Outlet Converters

CPSC, Power Cord & Cable Corp. Announce Recall of Outlet ConvertersWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Power Cord & Cable Corp. of College Point, N.Y., is recalling about 850 outlet converters, which convert a single electrical outlet into three outlets. Plugs using these outlet converters can come partially out of the receptacles, presenting shock and electrocution hazards. In addition, even if the plugs look like they are securely plugged in, there could be a poor electrical connection, presenting a fire hazard.

CPSC and Power Cord & Cable Corp. are not aware of any injuries involving these products. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The orange outlet converter, measuring about 3 inches wide and 2.25 inches long, is made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which looks like rubber. One end of the converter has a three-prong plug that is inserted into the outlet. The converter has 3 separate three-prong plug receptacles. "15a-125v...Made in China" is embossed on the bottom of the converter.

Discount, variety and hardware stores in New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania sold the outlet converters from September 1997 through November 1997for about $2.

Consumers should stop using the recalled outlet converters immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Power Cord & Cable Corp. at (800) 221-2305 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

U.S. Customs alerted CPSC to this hazardous product.

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