February 18, 1998


Release # 98-069

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Power Cord & Cable Corp. of College Point, N.Y., is recalling about 850 outlet converters, which convert a single electrical outlet into three outlets. Plugs using these outlet converters can come partially out of the receptacles, presenting shock and electrocution hazards. In addition, even if the plugs look like they are securely plugged in, there could be a poor electrical connection, presenting a fire hazard.

CPSC and Power Cord & Cable Corp. are not aware of any injuries involving these products. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The orange outlet converter, measuring about 3 inches wide and 2.25 inches long, is made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which looks like rubber. One end of the converter has a three-prong plug that is inserted into the outlet. The converter has 3 separate three-prong plug receptacles. "15a-125v...Made in China" is embossed on the bottom of the converter.

Discount, variety and hardware stores in New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania sold the outlet converters from September 1997 through November 1997for about $2.

Consumers should stop using the recalled outlet converters immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. The firm (Power Cord & Cable Corp.) is not able to be reached, and may be out of business.

U.S. Customs alerted CPSC to this hazardous product.

Outlet Converter