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February 23, 1999

Release # 99-067
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183

Wellmax Recalls Extension Cords

Wellmax Recalls Extension CordsLong Beach, CA - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wellmax International Inc., of Long Beach, Calif., is voluntarily recalling nearly 1 million extension cords. The cords have undersized wires and reverse polarity receptacles that allow plugs to be incorrectly inserted, presenting fire, shock and electrocution hazards to consumers.

CPSC and Wellmax are not aware of any injuries involving these cords. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury. The household extension cords are white and are available in lengths of 6, 9, 12, 15 and 20 feet. The labeling, "SPT-2...18AWGX2C...60...C", is imprinted in black on the cords. The cords were packaged in a green cardboard display sleeve, labeled in part, "HOUSEHOLD EXTENSION CORD...SPT-2...MADE IN CHINA.

Discount and tool stores in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Texas sold the cords from March 1997 through November 1998 for about $1 to $2.

Consumers should stop using the recalled cords immediately and return the cords for a full refund plus the cost of shipping to: Wellmax International, Inc., 2300 E. Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805. Include your return address, phone number, copy of receipt or indicate the price paid, name of retail store purchased and the cost for the return shipping. If consumers have any questions, they should call Wellmax at (800) 387-8865 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time Monday through Friday.

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