FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Company Phone Number: (800) 221-6895

November 21, 2000

 

Release # 01-036b


View Recall #01-036a

PRODUCT: Power Strips/Extension Cords - The Howard Berger Co. Inc., of Brooklyn, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 17,500 power strips and about 10,000 extension cords. The power strips have a 2-prong plug with a plastic base containing 6 outlets and are not labeled. The extension cords are about 6 feet long with a 2-prong plug and are not labeled. The extension cords sold for less than $1 and the power strips sold for about $2. Both were made in China. Discount stores in the eastern United States and Puerto Rico sold these products from September 1998 to September 2000.

PROBLEM: The power strips have undersized wires, lack over-current protection and grounding, and the plastic case is flammable. The extension cords have undersized wires and lack over-current protection. Both the power strips and the extension cords can overheat, presenting electrocution, shock and fire hazards.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: None reported.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using these products immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, call Howard Berger Co. Inc. at (800) 221-6895 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
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