November 4, 1999
Release # 00-013b

View Recall # 00-013a

Company Phone Number: (800) 224-1118
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052

CPSC, Woods Industries, Inc. Recall Extension Cord Reels

Woods Industries, Inc., of Carmel, Ind., is recalling about 1,000 model 28003 ACDelco extension cord reels. The round extension cord reels are made of metal, are red, and contain a black 30-foot retractable extension cord. They have "ACDelco" printed in black letters on the case. A label on the back of the cord reel has catalog number "28003." Next to that label is another clear label with a date code of "Y MY" or "Y JE," meaning it was manufactured in May or June 1999. On the bottom of the extension cord reel, where the mounting ring is attached, there is a silver-colored stud with no markings on the flat head of the stud. If the flat head of the stud has a red, blue, or green colored marking, the cord reel has already been inspected and is not part of this recall. If the extension cord reel's box has a green dot or a "100% good" stamp near the UPC code, it is not part of the recall. The cord reels were sold at Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse stores nationwide from July 1999 through September 1999 for about $35.

Picture of Recalled Extension Cord Reel

PROBLEM: The housing of the extension cord reels could become energized, resulting in electrical shock or electrocution.


WHAT TO DO: Unplug the cord reels immediately and stop using them. Woods Industries is offering consumers either a refund or a free replacement extension cord reel. To get a refund, consumers should return their reels to any Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse. To get instructions on obtaining a free replacement reel or for more information about this recall, consumers should call Woods Industries at (800) 224-1118 anytime.