FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 1999
Release # 00-013a
View Recall # 00-013b
|Company Phone Number: (800) 577-8197
Fairlong International of Addison, Ill., is recalling more than 149,600 household extension cords. 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.
PROBLEM: 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.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: None reported.
WHAT TO DO: 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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