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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned consumers to immediately stop using and discard male-to-male extension cords sold on Amazon.com due to shock, electrocution, fire, and carbon monoxide poisoning hazards. Apparently, some need to be reminded that the opposite ends of such cables, after being plugged in, have live electricity and are capable of serious shock or electrocution.

Amazon Standard Identification Numbers (ASINs) of affected products:

  • B0953LWLDN
  • B095LHT5M5
  • B096VT4495
  • B095LRG6MH
  • B0933CJG16
  • B097TGQDQ6
  • B097BLRDTQ
  • B0953MSP65
  • B0953QGLZZ

From a CPSC press release:

The extension cords have two male ends (a three-prong plug) and are generally used to “back-feed” electricity to a residence during a power outage by connecting a generator to an outlet in the home. When plugged into a generator or outlet, the opposite end has live electricity posing a risk of serious shock or electrocution. Additionally, the flow of electric power in the direction reverse to that of the typical flow of power circumvents safety features of the home’s electrical system and can result in a fire. The short length of some of these cords also encourages use of a generator near the home, which could create a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Furthermore, these cords do not comply with applicable national safety codes, such as National Fire Protection Association 70 (NFPA 70).

These extension cords were sold in multiple colors and lengths and under various brand names. The extension cords were sold on Amazon.com for between $40 and $72. Some of the known Amazon Standard Identification Numbers (ASINs) associated with these products are identified [above]. The ASIN is found in the product’s URL bar (typically after the product name and “dp”). The ASIN can also be found in the product details section of the listing on Amazon.com under “Additional Information.”

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4 comments

  1. Well... I say Darwin's Law applies here.

    That said, if you are aware enough to know how to actually use one of these without killing yourself, you are probably also handy enough to know how to make one yourself.
  2. I mean, honestly, this has always been kind of a bad idea.

    Either get a transfer switch, or run your generator with extension cords separate from the house wiring.
    Well... I say Darwin's Law applies here.

    That said, if you are aware enough to know how to actually use one of these without killing yourself, you are probably also handy enough to know how to make one yourself.

    To me, a part of the problem are people who use them without flipping off their main circuit breaker and then put line workers lives at risk.
  3. To me, a part of the problem are people who use them without flipping off their main circuit breaker and then put line workers lives at risk.
    Well that is a big deal and no joke. Although usually, if you do that, the generator will just die - because it'll try to power the entire neighborhood and won't be able to. But - it can happen, and then when the power comes back on it blows your generator up.

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