The supplier of four models of electric socket extension units has agreed to recall the products after investigation by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) found them unsafe.
The products are "Winner" six-way extension units, bearing model numbers B1306SL, B1366SL, B1306SL4 and B1366SL4 respectively. They have been on sale at various supply outlets since August 1999.
Acting on a complaint, EMSD conducted investigation last December and found the quality of the internal components of all extension units inadequate to maintain effective electrical contact between plugs and sockets.
A spokesman for the department noted today (Wednesday) that the sub-standard quality of these extension units might lead to overheating and pose safety hazard.
He urged consumers who have purchased these products to stop using them immediately, and to return them to the supplier through its designated channels as soon as practicable.
The supplier, Ever-Winner Electric Works Limited, has set up a hotline 2562 2117 to answer enquiries from customers and placed advertisement in some local newspapers today, giving details of the recall.
Meanwhile, the supplier has improved and re-tested the products in question to comply with the relevant standard.
All improved products can be identified by a letter "A" engraved at the back of the extension sockets in the first cavity on the left and a blue mark at the bottom of the packaging display card.
End/Wednesday, February 9, 2000