Surge Protectors Recalled Due to Fire Hazard
We use them to give us more access to electricity, and to protect our precious electronics and gizmos...but that surge protector you're using could be a fire hazard.
Schneider Electric is recalling their APC 7 and 8 Series SurgeArrest product because they can apparently overheat in certain conditions, leading them to melt, and possibly start smoking...which can lead to a fire.
The scary part? They were all manufactured and sold more than 10 years ago, and yet they are only being recalled now despite numerous reports of contact burns, smoke inhalation, and property damage.
The items were sold nationwide from January 1993 to December 2002 at Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, and other stores for between $13 and $50.
The recalled model numbers are:
7 Series model numbers
8 Series model numbers
You'll find the model number on the bar code on the bottom of the protector.
The first two NUMBERS of the serial number reflect the year of manufacture, with the recall including: 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01 or 02.
If you have one of these products in your home, you should immediately unplug it and stop using it. You can contact the company for a free replacement surge protector by phone at (888) 437-4007 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at http://recall.apc.com/en.