May 22, 2003
Release # 03-129
Company Phone Number: (800) 456-0022
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Extension Cords

Units: 8,200

Manufacturer: United General Supply Co., of Houston, TX

Hazard: The extension cords have undersized conductors and no over- current protection which causes overheating, presenting a shock and fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: United General has not received any reports of incidents involving these extension cords. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

Description: The recalled extension cords were sold in yellow and brown and are approximately 9-, 25-, 50-, 100-feet long. The 9-foot extension cord was packaged in a green sleeve card with the words "Household Extension Cord" printed across the front. All remaining sizes were packaged in black sleeve cards with the words "Air Conditioner Extension Cord" printed across the front.

Sold at: United General Supply sold the extension cords nationwide from October 1999 through March 2001 for between $1 and $16.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should unplug and stop using the extension cords immediately. Consumers should mail the cords to United General Supply Co., Lee-Tools Extension Cords, 9320 Harwin Drive, Houston, Texas 77036 for a refund, including the cost of postage.

Consumer Contact: Call United General Supply toll-free at (800) 456-0022 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.