October 10, 2000Woods Industries Recalls 500,000
Extension Cords and Cord Reels
IN (SafetyAlerts) - Woods Industries
Inc. said today it is recalling about 500,000 outdoor extension cords and 19,000 cord
reels. The extension cords and cord reels are equipped with a locking plug, which is
designed to keep tools plugged in. The plastic housing of the locking plug can separate or
break, exposing consumers to live wires and posing shock and electrocution hazards.
Woods Industries has received three reports of the plug housing separating or breaking. No
injuries have been reported.
The recalled extension cords and cord reels are equipped with a LockJaw locking
plug. The LockJaw plug has the following words embedded on the red, green or yellow
locking button, located on the side of the plug, "LOCK, WOODS®, OPEN" or
"LOCK, OPEN". The extension cords were sold under the "Woods
LockJaw" and "Yellow Jacket® LockJaw" brand names in various
wire gauges, lengths and colors. The cord reels are 30 feet long, were sold under the
"Woods' ACDelco" and "LumaPro" brand names in various wire gauges and
colors. Some of the extension cords and cord reels have two-prong plugs and some have
three- prong plugs. Some have the brand name on the cord. They are UL listed, assembled in
the United States or Malaysia with a LockJaw plug made in China.
Home and hardware stores nationwide sold the extension cords and cord reels from January
1996 through July 2000 for between $12 to $35.
Consumers should stop using the extension cords and cord reels immediately and call Woods
Industries toll-free at (888) 755-6535 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST
to receive a replacement extension cord or cord reel.
Extension cords and cord reels equipped with a gray locking button on the side of the
LockJaw plug are not recalled.
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