|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
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.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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