SOURCE: Underwriters Laboratories

December 04, 2006 11:52 ET

UL Warns of Counterfeit Extensions Cords, Power Strips, Surge Protectors, and Current Taps

NORTHBROOK, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 4, 2006 -- Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is notifying consumers that the "My Helper" products identified below have not been evaluated for safety by UL and bear counterfeit UL Marks.

Units: Unknown quantity

Manufacturer: Unknown

Date of Manufacture: Unknown


On the extension cords:

The cords are white, brown, green, or orange in color in lengths from 3 feet to 100 feet. Attached to the cords are counterfeit UL holographic labels bearing one of the following file numbers and date codes:

E157848, 04/01
E157848, 09/01
E233301, 08/05
E174825, 03/03
E137398, 01/02
E137398, 09/02

On the power strips and surge protectors:

The power strips have 6 or 8 outlets and employ counterfeit UL holographic labels bearing the following code numbers and date codes:

8G14, 02/04

On the current taps:

The current taps (also known as wall taps) have three outlets or six outlets; other styles convert a 3-prong plug to a 2-prong plug. These products employ counterfeit UL holographic labels bearing one of the following code numbers and date codes:

6MA9, 02/04

6MA9, 01/05

On the product packaging:

The packaging is marked with the brand name "My Helper," "Made In China" and a counterfeit UL Mark. The country of origin is China.

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What you should do: UL recommends that users stop using these products immediately and return them to the place of purchase.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for more than 110 years. UL tests more than 19,000 types of products annually, and more then 19 billion UL Marks appear on products each year. Worldwide, UL's family of companies and its network of service providers include 58 laboratories, and testing and certification facilities.

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