Gardner Bender recalls electrical wire splices because of shock and fire hazards

The voluntary recall, which involves about 53,000 units, was issued after Gardner Bender received a report of a splice failing to hold the wires together. No injuries have been reported.

The product is also known as butt splice connectors.

The splices are used to connect electrical wires to one another. They are typically used for wiring small electrical appliances, like audio equipment, or in automotive applications. The splices are yellow insulated vinyl. They were intended for use with 12-10 AWG wire. 12-10 is stamped on the side of the splices.

Model numbers 10-126, or 21-126, and Gardner Bender are printed on the packaging of the product. The product was sold in packages of eight or 50.

The splices, made in the U.S. by Molex of Lisle, Ill., were sold at electrical distributors, hardware stores and home renovation stores in North America from June 2005 through April 2008 for between $1 and $5.

Consumers are being advised to stop using products that contain the recalled butt splices and contact the company for free replacement splices.

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