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Shock Hazard Prompts Recall Of Extension Power Strip

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Recall Date:
March 27, 1989

Recall Details

March 27, 1989  
Release # 89-026

Shock Hazard Prompts Recall Of Extension Power Strip

WASHINGTON -- Collins Company Ltd. of Mount Olive, N.J., is recalling some 6,700 three-wire extension power strips sold in 1987 and 1988 because the receptacles may not be grounded and could pose a severe electric shock or electrocution hazard to consumers.

Imported from Taiwan, the power strip is a foot-long, beige colored power bar with six receptacles, an illuminated off/on switch, a resettable circuit breaker and a six-foot, three-wire power cord. The metal base is labeled "Temporary Power Tap; Model No. WP-002B, Made in Taiwan, UL 46K7, E95914".

Retailing for $10 to $20, the power strips were sold exclusively by Trak Auto Stores, Landover, Md., Rose's Stores, Henderson, N.C., and Colonial Pottery, Morehead City, N.C.

While there have been no known injuries to date associated with the product, Collins Company Ltd,. said consumers who bought the power strip at Trak Auto Stores, Rose's Stores or Colonial Pottery should return the unit to the store of purchase for a refund. Consumers may also call Collins toll-free at 1-800-645-7212, extension 207, or write the Collins Company, 450 Clark Drive, Mount Olive, N.J. 07828 for instructions on returning the unit for a refund.

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