October 4, 2013 — Schneider Electronics has recalled about 15 million APC SurgeArrest surge protectors. The company has received over 700 reports — including 13 injuries and $1.5 million in property damage — caused by surge protectors that overheated, smoked, and caught on fire.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a surge protector recall notification for products manufactured between January 1993 and December 2002, with the following warning:
“The firm has received 700 reports of the surge protectors overheating and melting and 55 claims of property damage from smoke and fire, including $916,000 in fire damage to a home and $750,000 in fire damage to a medical facility. There are 13 reports of injuries, including smoke inhalation and contact burns from touching the overheated surge protectors.”
The products were sold in stores like Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, and others for between $13-50. People who own a surge protector should check to see whether it is included in the recall by looking at the serial and model numbers printed on the bottom of the product. The first two numbers (which may follow a letter or letters) indicate the manufacturing year; the following years have been recalled: 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, or 02.
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