Schneider Electric recalls surge protectors in U.S., cites fire risk

Reuters

Oct 3 (Reuters) - Schneider Electric IT Corp is recalling 15million APC-branded surge protectors sold in the United Statesafter 13 reports of injuries and at least $1.7 million in firedamage, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.

The West Kingston, Rhode Island, company is recalling APC 7and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors made before 2003, theCPSC said in a statement.

The company, a unit of the French group Schneider Electric, has received 700 reports of the devices overheatingand melting and 55 claims of property damage from smoke andfire, the agency said.

The damage includes $916,000 in fire damage to a home and$750,000 in fire damage to a medical facility, it said. Therehave been 13 reports of injuries, including smoke inhalation andcontact burns.

The devices were sold at retailers nationwide from January1993 through December 2002 at prices ranging from $13 to $50.They were made in China and the Philippines, the statement said.

Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled devices,unplug them and contact Schneider Electric IT for a freereplacement.

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