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Could Your Power Strip Be Putting You at Risk?

As the number of electronic devices in our homes continues to grow, more consumers are using extension cords, power strips, and surge protectors. While many meet current safety standards, poorly constructed models can pose serious fire and electrocution risks.

Therefore, as San Diego product liability attorneys, we caution our readers to check their homes for recalled cords and power strips.

Most recently, the Container Store announced a recall of approximately 7,200 brightly colored Lush Life power strips because they fail to meet fire-resistance requirements, posing a fire hazard.

According to Consumer Reports, the recalled power strips have undersized wiring, and the wiring and plastic strip fail to meet the requirements for fire resistance. No incidents or injuries have been reported in relation to this recall.

This recall involves three different designs of brightly colored, six-outlet power strips with model number 8001-6 embossed on the back. The power strips have three-foot power cords. “Lush Life® power strips by design” is printed on the product’s packaging.

Power strip designs include:

  • Pop Power Strip in Scroll (black with white scroll)
  • Dot (blue with orange, white and lime green dots and a lime green cord)
  • Zebra (black and white zebra stripes)

The recalled power strips were sold for about $15 at The Container Stores nationwide and on containerstore.com from October through December 2011.

Consumers should stop using the defective product immediately and return the power strips to any of The Container Store locations for a full refund plus a $15 merchandise card.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or defective product, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.