Milbank Socket Recall Due to Fire, Electrocution Hazards

The Milbank Manufacturing Company of Kansas City, Missouri has recalled about 1,400 <"">Single Meter Sockets, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The Milbank Manufacturing Company recalled the Single Meter Sockets because a short may occur while in use due to an incorrect bridge installed in the product, to which the meter clips are attached. If the manufacturing defect exists, all metal parts of the meter could create a shock or burns can occur if the cover is off and the meter socket is energized. To date, three incidents have been reported of the unit shorting out. No injuries were reported.

The single meter 200 amp/4 terminal sockets are used for underground utility meter installations. The meter socket is 20 and 3/4 inches high by nine inches wide and 4 and 1/2 inches deep with one meter position. The recalled Single Meter Socket is used by the approving utility to mount its electric meter to measure how much electricity a residence uses. The recalled Single Meter Socket can also be used for an underground residential application. The recalled Socket’s model number 9090 appears on the right or left side of the installed meter socket. If not installed, model numbers U9090-O or R9090-O will appear on the label on the outside of the box.

The recalled sockets, which were manufactured in the United States, were sold at electrical supply distributors in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Massachusetts and at local hardware stores in New York from May 2009 through August 2009 for about $70.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled Milbank Socket Meters immediately and contact the electrical supply contractor who installed the sockets.
Contractors will contact Milbank Manufacturing for a replacement or reimbursement. Milbank will contact all distributors and stores where the recalled product was sold.

Milbank Manufacturing’s Sales Engineer can be reached toll-free at 1-888-537-0881 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, or at the company’s Web site at

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