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From Products Liability Law Daily, October 10, 2017

42K outlet converters recalled by Home Depot and manufacturer for shock, fire hazards

By Susan Engstrom

Ningbo Litesun Electric Co. Ltd., of China, together with Home Depot Product Authority LLC, of Atlanta, Georgia, have recalled about 42,000 outlet converters because the front outlet prongs are not configured correctly, resulting in reverse polarity when the plugs are inserted, posing shock and fire hazards (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 18-006, October 10, 2017).

Incidents and injuries. There has been one report of a consumer who was shocked while using an outlet converter.

Product description. This recall involves commercial electric 15-amp triplex outlet converters, also known as taps, with model number LA-05 and UPC 818897010121. The white plastic converters convert a single electrical outlet into three outlets with an outlet plug on the left, front, and right side of the tap. The outlet taps measure 1.7 inches tall by 1.3 inches wide by 1.69 inches deep. On the front facing outlet, neutral and line (power socket) sizes are reversed. The model number is printed on the mold on the side that the prongs are located and the UPC number is printed on a sticker on the top of the converter along with the UL listing.

These outlet converters, which were manufactured in China, were sold exclusively at Home Depot stores nationwide and online at www.HomeDepot.com, from February 2017 through July 2017 for about $5.

Remedy. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled outlet converters and contact Home Depot for a full refund.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Home Depot toll-free at 877-527-0313 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Saturday or online at www.HomeDepot.com and click on "Product Recalls" located under customer service.

Companies: Ningbo Litesun Electric Co. Ltd.; Home Depot Product Authority LLC

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