November 4, 1999Fairlong International
Recalls Household Extension Cords
Addison, IL (SafetyAlerts) - Fairlong
International is recalling more than 149,600 household extension cords because the cords
have undersized wires, incorrect ratings, lack overcurrent protection and allow polarize
plugs to be incorrectly inserted into the receptacles. These cords present fire, shock and
electrocution hazards to consumers.
The recalled cords are made of white
or brown plastic, measure 6 or 9 feet long and have 3 receptacles. A plastic safety cover
is imprinted with caution statements, which include "Avoid Hazards, Keep Children
Away, Unplug When Not In Use, Rated 125-Volts, For Indoor Use Only." The cords
are marked with the following information, "SPT-2, 18AWGX2C, VW-1, 60 C." The
cords were sold in blue and yellow cardboard wrappers. The cords are made in China.
Wholesale and discount stores in the
Chicago area, and a few stores in Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Ohio, sold the cords from
July 1997 through October 1999 for about $1 to $2.
Consumers should stop using the
recalled cords immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund.
Consumers also can return the cords directly to the company for a refund, plus the cost of
postage. For instructions, consumers should call Fairlong at (800) 577-8197 between 9 a.m.
and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.
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