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#148294 - 06/09/04 06:14 AM Recall of International Plug Adapters
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CPSC, Targus Announce Recall of International Plug Adapters
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.

Name of product: Universal All-in-One Plug Adapters

Units: 34,000

Manufacturer: Ahoku Electronics Co., of Taipei, Taiwan

Distributor: Targus Group International Inc., of Anaheim, Calif.

Hazard: The adapters may have an electrical wiring problem, posing a shock and fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Targus has not received any reports of incidents. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

Description: The recall involves 110/220 volt All-in-One Universal Travel Adapters. The black adapter unit provides four different types of power connection based on the different electrical outlets worldwide. The recalled adapters have the brand name “Targus” printed on the front. On the side of the adapter is a switch to allow the user to select one of the three country settings: “USA/Aust/N.Z.” or “Europe” or “U.K.”

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide and the Targus online store sold the adapters between November 2002 and May 2004 for about $20.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the adapters immediately and contact Targus to receive a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Consumer should call Targus at (888) 577-4097 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or log on to the company’s Web site at

Click >> CPSC Recall Notice

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#148295 - 06/11/04 11:09 AM Re: Recall of International Plug Adapters
pauluk Offline

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Loc: Norfolk, England
For a start it appears that when used in an NEMA outlet there is no grounding pin, yet the outlet on the front is clearly a universal type which accepts grounding-type plugs.

#148296 - 06/18/04 01:52 AM Re: Recall of International Plug Adapters
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
It's no secret Paul,
I've never liked this sort of arrangement.
And having a faulty unit like this one, does nothing to change my mind either.
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