July 2, 2002PM International Has Recalled Replace
International Adapter Plugs
- PM International Ltd. has recalled about 22,000 international 2-prong
adapter plugs. PM International imported the adapter plugs from a
manufacturer in China. The adapter plug can separate when the plug is
removed, exposing live electrical conductors, posing an electric shock or
electrocution hazard to consumers.
PM International received one report of a consumer who received an electric
shock when he contacted the exposed conductors when he removed the plug.
The 2-prong, slip-on adapter plugs are used to connect American 2- pronged
electrical plugs into various foreign outlets. The adapter plugs are plastic
with a white matte finish. The only marking on the plug is "6A250V", which
is molded on the bottom surface between the prongs of the adapter. No other
writing appears on the adapters. PM International sold the adapter plugs
individually and as part of a traveling kit with voltage converters. Only
adapter plugs sold individually are included in the recall.
Catalogs and electronic stores nationwide sold the adapter plugs from
November 2000 through March 2002 for about $3.
Consumers should immediately stop using these adapters and contact the store
or catalog where purchased to receive a free replacement adapter. Consumers
can contact PM International at (800) 377-6332 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
Monday through Friday.