Citing multiple reports of overheating, fire damage and contact burns, Schneider Electric is recalling approximately 15 million of its SurgeArrest surge protectors.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there have been at least 700 reports of overheating and melting surge protectors, 55 claims of property damage from smoke and fire, and 13 reports of injuries, which include smoke inhalation and contact burns. Some of the more egregious property damage reports included a home that sustained $916,000 in damage, and a medical facility with $750,000 in fire damage.
The recall specifically involves APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors manufactured before 2003. Customers can determine the year of manufacture by looking at the two numbers following the first letter or letters in the serial number, located on the label on the bottom. Specific model numbers can be found here.
The CPSC urgers consumers to discontinue use immediately, unplug the surge protectors and contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement.