March 17, 1999
Release # 99-079
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183
CPSC, Big Roc Tools Inc. Announce Extension Cord
and Trouble Light Recalls
Ontario, 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
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