SOURCE: Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

March 20, 2006 12:00 ET

UL Warns of a Potentially Hazardous Heavy-Duty Dryer Cord

NORTHBROOK, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2006 -- Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is notifying consumers that a heavy-duty dryer cord manufactured by Jiande Yonghua Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd. does not meet UL safety requirements and may pose a hazard to users. This product has not been evaluated for safety by UL and bears a counterfeit UL Mark for the United States and Canada.

Units: Unknown quantity.

Manufacturer: Jiande Yonghua Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd.

Date of Manufacture: April 2005 to present.

Identification:

On the product:

The cord is gray with a plug at one end and three closed loop connectors crimped on the other end. The cord surface is marked with the descriptions "125/250V, 30A, 10/3 SRDT (UL), E177867, Made in China." The cord also employs a counterfeit UL holographic label and the description:

E174825
POWER SUPPLY CORD E174825
ISSUE NO: BW-1466
On the packaging:

The packaging is marked "Heavy Duty Dryer Cord," "30A-125/250V, 3-Pole, 3 Wire AWG 10/3, Type SRDT, NEMA 10-30," "4ft Dryer Cord," "#46AB-PT" and a counterfeit UL Listing Mark.

A picture of this product is at: www.ul.com/media/newsrel/nr032006.html.

Hazard: This product employs undersized wire and may have other features that do not comply with UL's applicable safety requirements, which may pose a risk of fire and shock.

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

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