FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 6, 1997

 

Release # 97-066


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dollar Tree Stores Inc. of Norfolk, Va., is recalling about 60,000 adapter plug packs. The adapters were incorrectly identified as being listed with Underwriters Laboratories. The adapters present potential fire and shock hazards due to improper construction.

CPSC and Dollar Tree Stores Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these adapter plugs. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The adapter plugs are used to connect a three-pronged electrical plug into a two-slot grounded outlet. The adapter plugs are made of orange rubber. The following words are imprinted into the rubber, "CAUTION...CONNECT TAB TO GROUNDED SCREW...CHINA...15A...125V."

Adapter Plug Pack

The adapter plugs are sold as sets of three. The three adapters are enclosed in a plastic shell with a black backer card. The package is labeled in part, "3 PK...GROUNDING ADAPTER PLUG...For connection of 3 pronged plug to a 2 slot grounded outlet...UL LISTED...MADE IN CHINA."

Dollar Tree and Only One Dollar stores sold the adapter plugs in the South, Midwest, and East from January 1996 through July 1996 for $1.

Consumers should stop using the adapter plugs immediately, and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should contact Dollar Tree at (800) 876-8077.