Schneider Electric Recalls 15 Million Surge Protectors
Schneider Electric has issued a nationwide recall for about 15 million APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors in response to reports that the surge protectors are overheating and melting leading to fire damages and burn injuries.
Description of the Recalled Surge Protectors
- According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recall includes APC series 7 and 8 models manufactured before 2003.
- The year the unit was manufactured is indicated in the serial number on the bottom of the surge protector as a two digit number following the first number of numbers (i.e. “99” indicates a manufacturing year of 1999 and “02” indicates a manufacturing year of 2002).
- The products will also have the word Personal, Performance, Professional, or Network printed on them.
- The surge protectors were sold nationwide at stores including Best Buy, Circuit City and CompUSA between January 1993 and December 2012.
Model Numbers Included in the Surge Protector Recall
As listed by the CSPC:
- 7 Series Model Numbers
- Series 8 Model Numbers
Incidents Reported in Connection to the Recalled Surge Protectors
- 700 reports of the recalled surge protectors overheating and melting.
- 55 claims of property damage including $916,000 in damage to a home and $750,000 in damage to a medical facility.
- 13 reports of injuries including smoke inhalation and contact burns.
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