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June 2, 1998

Release # 98-117
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Electronic Resources Ltd. Announce Recall of Power Strip Surge Protectors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Electronic Resources Ltd. of San Diego, Calif., is recalling about 5,000 power strip surge protectors. The power strips have undersized and loose wires and poor grounding, presenting fire, shock and electrocution hazards to consumers.

CPSC and Electronic Resources Ltd. are not aware of any injuries involving these power strips. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

There are two models of power strips being recalled: model PW-101 and model PW-102. Model PW-101 has six outlets and Model PW-102 has four outlets. There is no labeling on the power strips, but they are 6 feet long and they are made of a light tan metal with black outlets and power cords. The power strips were sold in green cardboard boxes with black lettering that reads in part, "ER...POWER STRIP...MODEL...6FT POWER CORD...HECHO EN CHINA." A picture of the power strip appears on the box.

Small electronic parts stores in Arizona, California, Texas and Washington sold the power strips from May 1993 through March 1998 for about $4.

Consumers should stop using the recalled power strips immediately. To receive a refund, consumers should return the power strips to the store where purchased or to the company. Consumers should call Electronic Resources Ltd. at (800) 795-0050 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.PDT Monday through Friday for instructions on returning the power strips to the company or for more information about this recall.

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

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