Circuit Breakers Counterfeit, Recall Issued

Miami Breaker Inc. (MBI), of Miami, Florida is recalling about 43,600 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">counterfeit “Square D” Circuit Breakers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the product and notes that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The recalled circuit breakers labeled “Square D” or “SQD” have been determined to be counterfeit by Square D and can fail to trip when overloaded, posing a fire hazard to consumers. No incidents or injuries have been reported, to date.

It is not known from where the recalled Circuit Breakers were manufactured; however, they were imported by General Breakers and Panels Inc., of Miami, Florida.
The Counterfeit Circuit Breakers are marked as Square D in the QO series; models are:

• QO115 (about 7,800 units)
• QO120 (about 26,300 units)
• QO130 (about 3,200 units)
• QO215 (about 350 units)
• QO220 (about 720 units)
• QO230 (about 1,780 units)
• QO240 (about 1,130 units)
• QO250 (about 1,150 units)
• QO260 (about 1,150 units).

Genuine Square D QO breakers contain the following. If your breaker does not match the following description, it could be counterfeit:

The amp rating is written on the handle in white paint on the front of the breaker;
The Square D insignia is molded onto the breaker side; and
A yellow chromate clip, with half of the top of the clip, is visible.

The recalled Circuit Breakers were sold to electrical product distributors and wholesalers nationwide from March 2005 through July 2006. Single pole breakers sold for between $3 and $4; double pole breakers were sold for between $8 and $9.
Consumers are advised to immediately contact Miami Breaker to determine if their Circuit Breaker is counterfeit and, if necessary, arrange a free inspection and replacement. MBI can be reached, toll-free, at (800) 941-1112 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or by email at info@miamibreaker.com.

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