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CPSC RECALL: APC Surge Arrest Surge Protectors Recalled After At Least 700 Reports of Overheating, Fires

Fri October 04 2013 5:04 am  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=66729
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APC SurgeArrest surge protectors area a risk that poses a fire hazard that has prompted a Consumer Product Safety Commission recall. The surge protectors can overheat, smoke, and melt. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled surge protectors, unplug them and contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement surge protector.

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.

APC surge protector recall
Surge protectors in recall (PHOTO CREDIT: Consumer Product Safety Commission).

The recall involves APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors manufactured before 2003. The model and serial numbers are located on a label on the bottom of the surge protector. The two numbers that follow the first letter or letters in the serial number sequence indicate the year of manufacture. The unit is included in the recall if the numbers are 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01 or 02. APC and the words Personal, Professional, Performance or Network are printed on the surge protectors. The following model numbers are included in this recall.

7 Series model numbers
8 Series model numbers
NET7 
NET8 
NET7T
NET8N
NET7T-C
PER8T           
PER7  
PER8TR
PER7C
PER8TR-CN
PER7T
PER8TVR
PER7T-CO
PER8XTV
PER7T-U
PRF8T2
PER7TX137
PRF8TT
PER7-U
PRO8 
PER7X148
PRO8T2
PRF7  
PRO8T2C
PRF7T
PRO8T2MP12
PRO7
PRO8T2MP12B        
PRO7C
PRO8TV
PRO7T
PRO7TX183

The surge protectors were sold at Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, and other stores nationwide from January 1993 through December 2002 for between $13 and $50.

The manufacturer, American Power Conversion (APC), is now known as Schneider Electric IT Corp., of West Kingston, R.I.

CONTACT:
Schneider Electric IT Corp., toll-free at (888) 437-4007 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at http://recall.apc.com, or www.apc.com and click on the Recall link to submit a claim and obtain more information.


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