Fire Hazard Prompts Recall Of Electrical Wire

About 1,000 units of <"">THHN Electrical Wire has been recalled by manufacturer Cerro Wire Inc., of Crothersville, Indiana, due to fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled product and notes that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

While the actual THHN Electrical Wire has “14 gauge” printed on it, the packaging incorrectly labels the electrical wire as 12 gauge. If used as a 12-gauge wire, it can overload, posing a fire hazard to consumers. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves THNN Electrical Wire labeled on its packaging as 12 gauge solid white 100’ UPC 48243982721 and 12 gauge stranded red 50’ UPC 48243229215. The actual wire has “THHN Cerro Wire 14 gauge” printed on it. The UPC number and 12 gauge is found on the plastic wrap and on a label at the bottom of the reel.

The recalled THNN Electrical Wire, which was manufactured in the United States, was sold from December 2009 through April 2010 in 50-food wire spools for $9 and in 100-foot spools for about $16 at Home Depot & Menards stores in the following states: Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinios, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using any switches, outlets, or electrical devices using this wire and to contact Cerro Wire for instructions on returning the product for a refund. Any contractor or subcontractor who used this wire should inspect their work to see that their work meets local electrical wiring code. Cerro Wire can be reached toll-free at (866) 572-3776 ext. 269 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s website at

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