Homerygardens, distributed by Sales BSD of Brooklyn, NY, has recalled the above-shown extension cord splitter.
It has been determined that the wires are not of sufficient size to properly handle the appropriate amp load.” The extension cord is also said to “lack protective features.” The recall is due because under certain conditions, the extension cord presents a fire hazard.
Basically, the wires are too thin, and in consumer applications they could overheat and create a fire. The lack of protective features refers to the cord not having a fuse or circuit breaker to limit current draw to a level it can safely handle.
No injuries or incidents were reported.
The extension cord was sold at Amazon and Walmart between March 2019 and August 2020 for between $11 and $23.
If you have one of these, discard use immediately and contact Sales BSD for a full refund.
Contact Sales BSD toll-free at 866-966-0606 from 9 am to 5 pm ET Monday through Friday, or email at [email protected] for more information.
CPSC Recall Number: 21-703
If You Need a Splitter…
I don’t like using cord splitters, and instead prefer to use surge protectors or power strips that have built-in surge protectors, but I do have a Yellow Jacket 3-way splitter that I’ve had good experiences with. It has 12 gauge wires and is rated to 15A.
Also, it’s UL-listed. It’s important to look for UL or other safety lab certification.
I have no experience with one-piece splitters, but Yellow Jacket and other brands offer them.