Massive Recall of China-Made Surge Protectors Over Fire Hazard, Serious Damage and Injuries Reported

surge_protectors_recallA massive recall of about 15 million Schneider Electric APC SurgeArrest surge protectors has been implemented, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced. The APC SurgeArrest surge protects can overheat, smoke, and melt, which poses a fire hazard.

To date, the firm has received 700 reports of the surge protectors overheating and melting and 55 claims of property damage from smoke and fire. Claims involved, for instance, $916,000 in fire damage to a home and $750,000 in fire damage to a medical facility. There have also been 13 injury reports, including smoke inhalation and contact burns from touching the overheated surge protectors. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled surge protectors, unplug them and contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement surge protector, the CPSC advised.

This recall involves APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors that were manufactured prior to 2003. The model and serial numbers are located on a label that is found on the bottom of the device. The two numbers that follow the first letter or letters in the serial number sequence indicate the year of manufacture; recalled units bear any of the following numbers: 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, or 02. “APC” and the words “Personal,” “Professional,” “Performance,” or “Network” are printed on the surge protectors. The following model numbers are included in this recall:

7 Series Model Numbers 8 Series Model Numbers
NET7 NET8
NET7T NET8N
NET7T-C PER8T
PER7 PER8TR
PER7C PER8TR-CN
PER7T PER8TVR
PER7T-CO PER8XTV
PER7T-U PRF8T2
PER7TX137 PRF8TT
PER7-U PRO8
PER7X148 PRO8T2
PRF7 PRO8T2C
PRF7T PRO8T2MP12
PRO7 PRO8T2MP12B
PRO7C PRO8TV
PRO7T  
PRO7TX183  

The recalled Schneider Electric APC SurgeArrest surge protectors were sold at Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, and other stores nationwide from January 1993 through December 2002 for between $13 and $50 and were manufactured in China and the Philippines by American Power Conversion (APC), which is now known as Schneider Electric IT Corp., of West Kingston, Rhode Island.

Schneider Electric IT Corp. may be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.437.4007 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday or online at http://recall.apc.com or www.apc.com; click on the “Recall” link to submit a claim and obtain more information.

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