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Extension Cord Reels Could Shock Users

Mar 18, 2004 | The Free Lance-Star

Harbor Freight Tools is recalling about 9,000 heavy-duty portable industrial cord reels.

Electric shock or fire is possible because the internal grounding conductor may not be properly secured to the receptacle, according to the CPSC.

The recalled heavy-duty portable industrial cord reels are yellow with a carrying handle, retractable extension cord and six electrical outlets. The units are marked "Cord Reel Portable Power" and sold as "SKU 42053."

The label on the rear of the unit contains the following information: "Cord Reel, 10 Amps, 125 Volts, 1250 Watts, Caution, Disconnect all plugs inserted into the outlets on this face before winding cord reel in either direction, Made in Taiwan, R.O.C."

The reels were sold in Harbor Freight Tools catalogs and on its Web site from January 2000 through the beginning of February 2004 for approximately $10 to $13.

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