October 4, 2013 — The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and Schneider Electronics have recalled about 15 million APC SurgeArrest surge protectors that were manufactured before 2003 because they can overheat, smoke, catch on fire, and cause property damage.
According to the recall notification:
“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 recalled products were sold at Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, and other stores nationwide between January 1993 to December 2002 for between $13 to $50.
Customers who own a surge protector should check the model and serial numbers, which are printed on a label located on the bottom of the product. The first two numbers, which may follow a letter or letters, indicate the year of manufacture. Recalled surge protectors are marked with the numbers: 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, or 02. Each product should also be labeled Personal, Professional, Performance, or Network.
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