Company Phone Number: (310) 885-5555 

February 23, 1999


Release # 99-068a

PRODUCT: Extension Cords: Tools Exchange Inc., of Lynwood, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 2,760 outdoor extension cords. The cords are blue and are available in lengths of 10 and 50 feet. The labeling, "3/C...300V...OUTDOOR...(6)", is imprinted into the cord. The cords were packaged in black cardboard display sleeves that were labeled in part, "OUTDOOR EXTENSION CORD...MADE IN CHINA...Manufactured Exclusively for: Tools Exchange, Inc." Discount and hardware stores in California, Illinois, Maryland, Oklahoma and Texas sold the cords from August 1998 through January 1999 for about $12 (10 foot) and $15 (50 foot).

PROBLEM: The cords have undersized wires, lack overcurrent protection and have reverse polarity receptacles that allow plugs to be incorrectly inserted, presenting fire, shock and electrocution hazards.

Extension Cord


WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the recalled cords immediately, and return the cords to the company for a refund, plus the cost of postage. Returns should be addressed to: Tools Exchange Inc. 11840 Alameda St., Lynwood, Calif., 90262. For additional information, consumers should contact the company collect at (310) 885-5555 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.