FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2004
|Harbor Freight Tools: (800) 444-3353|
The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Heavy Duty Portable Industrial Cord Reel
Manufacturer: Harbor Freight Tools of Camarillo, Calif.
Hazard: Electric shock or fire possible because the internal grounding conductor may not be properly secured to the receptacle.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled heavy duty portable industrial cord reels are yellow with a carrying handle, extendable/retractable extension cord and 6 electrical outlets/plugs. The units are marked "Cord Reel Portable Power" and sold as "SKU 42053." The label on the rear of the unit contains the following information: "Cord Reel, 10 Amps, 125 Volts, 1250 Watts, Caution, Disconnect all plugs inserted into the outlets on this face before winding cord reel in either direction, Made in Taiwan, R.O.C."
Sold at: Harbor Freight Tools catalogs and website only from January 2000 through the beginning of February 2004 for approximately $10 to $13.
Manufactured In: Taiwan.
Remedy: Stop using the cord and reel immediately. Consumers should call Harbor Freight Tools at (800) 444-3353 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday to obtain a refund. Harbor Freight Tools is contacting owners of affected cord reels by direct mail where the name is known to the firm. Consumers can also visit the firm's Web site at www.harborfreight.com
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.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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