Howard Berger recalls extension cords, power strips due to fire hazard

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Tags: workplace safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Indoor and Outdoor Extension Cords and Power Strips

Units: About 12,000

Manufacturer: Howard Berger Company Inc., of Cranbury, N.J.

Hazard: The extension cords and power strips have inadequate coating material around the cords and copper conductors that are smaller than required, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Brightway heavy duty outdoor extension cords and Brightway indoor household extension cords and power strips. Model numbers involved in the recall are R2600 through R2615 (outdoor extension cords), EE6 through EE20 (indoor extension cords) and MP6DG (power strips). “Brightway” is printed on the cords. Model numbers are printed on the product’s packaging.

Sold at: Hardware and discount stores nationwide from August 2009 through October 2009 for between $1 and $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the extension cords and power strips and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Howard Berger at 800-221-6895 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, visit the firm’s Web site at www.hberger.com. Consumers can also e-mail the firm at robertwinterstein@hberger.com

Picture of Recalled 20 ft. Extension Cord

Picture of Recalled 12 ft. Extension Cords    Picture of Recalled Power Strip

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please the commission about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 . To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.


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