CSA International Announces Important Consumer Safety Alert for “Susana” Electrical Extension Cords

July 14, 2005

CSA International is announcing an important consumer safety alert regarding“SUSANA” electrical extension cords distributed by Good Friend Product Inc.– also known as Happy Living Houseware Center – of Markham, Ontario. These extension cords pose a serious threat of fire and electrical shock hazard and bear counterfeit (unauthorized) registered trademarks belonging to CSA International. The product is not certified by CSA International and consumers should stop using it immediately.

The extension cords are sold with a green outer paper sleeve marked: “Household Extension Cord” and the name “SUSANA”. The marked ratings are 10A – 125V-1625 Watt. The sleeve has 2 labels- one printed “3M” and the second with the counterfeit CSA trademark. There are no manufacturer’s identification markings on the two-prong plug cap or the three-outlet connector. The cord is marked with “SPT-2 16AWGX2C VW-1 60C”.

Investigation by CSA International has revealed that the cord’s conductor size is not 16AWG as printed, but is actually 26AWG. This wire gauge is drastically undersized for the marked rating. Testing has also revealed that the cord insulation material fails to meet the flame resistance requirements. CSA International is not aware of any injury or damage reports involving this product.

Good Friend Product Inc. imported these extension cords from China and acted as wholesaler and retailer. Consumers could have purchased these extension cords at other retail outlets.
Consumers should stop using this extension cord immediately and discard, or return it to: Good Friend Product Inc. – also known as Happy Living Houseware Center – 7010 Warden Ave., Unit 1, Markham, ON. Canada. L3R 5Y3. The company may also be reached by calling 905-475-6511.

About CSA International

CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA’s marks appear on billions of products worldwide. CSA International is a division of CSA Group, which also includes: CSA, a developer of standards and codes; and OnSpeX for consumer product evaluation services. CSA International can be found online atwww.csa-international.org.

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Anthony Toderian
Senior Media Relations Officer CSA Group
416-747-2620
anthony.toderian@csagroup.org

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