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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 1999

Release # 99-079
CONTACT: Kim Dulic
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183

CPSC, Big Roc Tools Inc. Announce Extension Cord and Trouble Light Recalls

CPSC, Big Roc Tools Inc. Announce Extension Cord and Trouble Light RecallsOntario, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Big Roc Tools Inc., of Ontario, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 38,170 outdoor extension cords and about 18,600 trouble lights.  The cords have undersized wires and reverse polarity receptacles that allow plugs to be in inserted incorrectly, presenting fire, shock and electrocution hazards.  The lights have undersized, corroded or loose wires and exposed plug blades, presenting fire, shock and electrocution hazards.

The cords are orange and are available in lengths of 25, 50 and 100 feet. Some cords have no labeling on the cord and others have the following labeling printed on the cord, "SJTW-A...16AWGX3C...60". The cords were packaged in cardboard display sleeves labeled in part, "Outdoor Extension Cord...Made in China". Some packages were labeled as "Power Craft". Hardware and tool stores nationwide sold the cords from March 1996 through February 1999 for about $4 to $16, depending upon the length.

The lights are made up of a metal back and metal caged front, with hook. The light's socket and handle are covered with orange plastic, which is attached to an orange electrical cord. There is a receptacle on the light's handle, below the black power switch. The lights are available in cord lengths of 15, 25 and 50 feet. "SJTW-A...16AWGX3C...60" is imprinted on the cord. The lights were packaged in cardboard display sleeves labeled in part, "Heavy Duty Trouble Light...Made in China". Hardware and tool stores nationwide sold the lights from March 1996 through February 1999 for about $5 to $12, depending upon the length.

Consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately, and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For additional information, consumers should contact the company at (800) 333-8889 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. PST 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 info@cpsc.gov.

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