More than half a million extension cords are being recalled because of a shock hazard.
Here is the release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Dollar Tree Stores Recall Counterfeit Extension Cords Due to Shock Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: 6-foot Power Xtension
Units: About 600,000
Importer: Greenbrier International Inc., of Chesapeake, Va.
Hazard: The counterfeit extension cords could have undersized wire and substandard insulation, which can cause overheating, resulting in a possible shock hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled cords are green, measure 6 feet long, are intended for indoors and have a three-outlet extension. Attached to the cord is a silver counterfeit UL holographic label marked "09/01 E157848 UL LISTED CORD SET BW-3045 13A 125V 1625W”.
Sold at: Dollar Tree Stores, Dollar Bill$, and Dollar Express nationwide from November 2005 through May 2006 for $1.
Manufactured In: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled extension cords immediately and return them to any Dollar Tree store for a refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dollar Tree Stores Inc., at (800) 876-8077 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.dollartree.com