April 15, 1998
Release # 98-096
|CPSC: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219
CPSC, General Electric Co. Announce Recall of
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), General Electric
Co.'s GE Lighting division of Cleveland, Ohio, is recalling about 50,000 outlet
converters, also known as current taps. They convert a single electrical outlet into three
outlets. The ground connector receptacles are oversized and can cause loose ground
contacts. Without grounding, consumers are exposed to serious shock hazards.
GE has received one report of a loose ground plug. No injuries have been reported.
The outlet converters were sold as "GE Heavy-Duty Grounding Triple Taps." They
are made of ivory, orange or green plastic and measure about 4 inches long and 1 inch
wide. The GE logo is imprinted on one side of the converter and "15A-125V...CURRENT
TAP...MADE IN CHINA" is imprinted on the other side of the converter. A silver UL
label also appears on the converter.
Retail stores nationwide sold the converters from September 1997 through January 1998 for
about $3 to $4.
Consumers should stop using the recalled converters immediately and call General Electric
at (800) 729-4399 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday. Consumers will be
instructed on how to return the product for a free replacement.
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,
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