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WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), STK International Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 190,000 extension cords. The cords have undersized wires, presenting a shock hazard to consumers.

CPSC and STK International have not received any reports of incidents or injuries involving these extension cords. The recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
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The cords have undersized wires, presenting a shock hazard to consumers.

Shock Hazard??? Do they mean you can get shocked when the insulation melts off?

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That struck me as soon as I read it too.

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The cords were packaged in a mustard and orange color sleeve with the words, "5 Household Extension Cords" and "Made in China" printed on the front.

Ah, made in China. That explains a lot.

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Has this ever happened where you buy an extension cord that's got SPT-2/AWG-16x2 embossed on the insulatoin and it winds up being 18 gauge?

Are there cases of that happening?

It's never happened to me...yet. But it's something I always think about when I see those light-duty zip-cord extensions in the various dime stores around the city.


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