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Extech Recalls Digital Clamp Meters Due to Electrocution Hazard (Multiple Models)

The meters can fail to give an accurate voltage reading, resulting in the operator falsely believing the electrical power is low or off, posing an electrocution hazard. Extech received two reports of clamp meters displaying an incorrect voltage reading. No injuries have been reported. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled digital clamp meters and contact Extech for a free replacement meter.

The models include:

  • EX650 and 655
  • MA160
  • MA61
  • MA63

These models are all AC/DC clamp meters, which are electrical testing devices that measure AC/DC voltage, resistance, capacitance, frequency, temperature, continuity, and diode. Serial numbers in the following format are included in the recall: R15XXXXXXX to R17XXXXXXX. Only serial numbers in this range are included in the recall. The “EXTECH” logo and the model number are printed on the front of the unit and the serial number on the back. The digital clamp meters are green and orange.

Link to DOE Article

Link to Consumer Products Safety Commissions (CSPC) Article

 

 

 

Southwire Recalls Voltage Detectors Due to Shock and Burn Hazards

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This recall involves Southwire non-contact voltage detectors with model numbers 40110N and 40120N. Voltage detectors alert users to the presence of electric current running through electrical wires. The recalled voltage detectors are cylindrical shaped, about six inches long and about two inches in circumference. They are brownish gold in color with a black center insert. “Southwire,” the model number and the CE and UL listing symbols are printed on the voltage detectors.  They have red LED lights to indicate the presence of live electric current. Model 40110N detects voltage from 100 to 1,000 VAC. Model 40120N detects voltage from 24 to 1,000 VAC.

For more information, click here.

NOTE: Non-Contact or Proximity Testers of this type are not authorized at Berkeley Lab for Zero Voltage Verification (ZVV). Always use a contact-type, high-impedance digital multimeter for ZVV.

Digital Clamp Meters Recalled by Klein Tools Due to Shock, Burn Hazards

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Klein Tools has recalled its digital clamp meters due to the fact that they can fail to give an accurate voltage reading, resulting in the operator falsely believing the electrical power is off, posing shock, electrocution and burn hazards.

This recall involves Klein Tools digital clamp meters with Model numbers CL110, CL210, CL310 and CL110KIT with date codes 0815U-A1, 1015U-A1, 1115U-A1, 1215U-A1, 0116U-A1, 0216U-A1 and 0316U-A1. “Klein Tools” and the model number are printed on the front of the clamp meters. The date code is printed on the back. The meters are black with a backlit LCD display and an orange trigger and clamp mechanism. The meters are rated CAT III 600V and measure voltage up to 600V and alternating current up to 400A. Only the meter in the CL110KIT is included in the recall.

For more information, click here.

Faulty Vornado Space Heater Recall and Space Heater Safety

Courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory:

On Thursday, January 7th, 2016 a Vornado Type 110 space heater at LANL failed and completely melted. This was a listed device and other Vornado models are thought to be safe.

Vornado has issued a recall on all Type 110 heaters manufactured in 2013. The year of manufacture is printed on the equipment label as shown in the picture attached.

Vornado Recall

For recalls on other space heaters, visit the CPSC webpage here.

Reminder on Space Heater Safety:

  • Assure that the space heater is listed by UL, TUV, ETL, or CSA (see label on bottom or side).
  • Always plug heater directly into facility receptacle, never into extension cords or relocatable power taps. Make sure the plug is not loose in the outlet.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer’s warnings on cord label and/or in manual.
  • If heater power cord or wall receptacle feels hot to the touch, discontinue use.
  • Unplug heater when no in use.
  • Avoid leaving heater running when unattended, in offices.
  • Place heater out of traffic and on a level, flat surface (carpet is ok).
  • Avoid placing heaters on furniture or countertops.
  • Keep front of heater 3 feet away from combustibles.
  • Do not operate damaged heater, if dropped, or with a damaged cord.
  • Do not run heater cord under carpet. Place cord out of foot traffic.
  • Do not use two heaters on the same circuit (e.g., in the same office area).
  • If a breaker trips in your area, contact your facility contact person.
  • NOTE: there is no need to test tiltover action. If it is listed and not recalled, it is ok. The fan may stay on, when turned face down, that is proper on certain settings.

See more information on space heater safety requirements at LBNL in PUB-3000 Chapter 12, Fire Prevention and Protection, WP I, Use of Portable Heating Devices.

Schneider Electric Recalls PowerPact J-Frame Circuit Breakers Due to fire, burns, electric shock hazards

The circuit breaker listed fails to trip in an overload condition posing a hazard due to potential burns, fire and electric shock.

The recall involves PowerPact J-frame molded case circuit breakers with thermal-magnetic trip units. The circuit breakers are made of black plastic and have a three-position breaker handle that indicates whether the breaker is off, on or tripped. The recalled circuit breakers are rated for 150 to 250 amps, have interruption ratings of D, G, J, L and R. They were manufactured in two pole and three pole configurations with either lug-in/lug-out or plug-in (I-Line) style connectors.

Brand name “Schneider Electric” or “Square D” is on a yellow sticker above the breaker handle and on the top of a label on the side of the circuit breaker. A label on the front of the circuit breaker to the left of the breaker handle has the catalog number at the top.  The number also appears on a label on the side of the breaker. Schneider Electric catalog numbers begin with “NJ” and Square D catalog numbers begin with “J.”

A label on the front of the circuit breaker to the right of the breaker handle has the date code in the lower right corner. Recalled circuit breakers were manufactured from March 24, 2014 through September 26, 2014 and have date codes 14131 through 14395. The date codes are in the YYWWD format (example: 14131 = year 2014, week 13, day of the work week 1/ Monday).  Click here to see what the breaker looks like and for details on what do do with these breakers.

Eaton Electrical Meter Breakers Recall

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Recall Date: December 2, 2014
Recall Number: 15-710

Eaton Recalls Electrical Meter Breakers Due to Shock Hazard (Recall Alert)

This recall involves MBED 3042 series residential meter breaker. The meter breakers are service entrance equipment systems that consist of a single meter socket and load center or a meter socket and main breaker combined in one enclosure. The meter breakers have gray metallic enclosures and measure about 14¼ inches wide by 42½ inches high by 7 inches deep. The recalled units have catalog numbers MBED3042B200BF, MBED3042B200BF6, MBED3042B225PV or MBED3042PV200BF. The catalog number is located on the unit’s packaging. The enclosures have a single warning label on the bottom of the lower right compartment door, which is secured with a latch and hasp at the bottom. Consumers should not open the meter breaker’s enclosure.

Units were sold at authorized distributors in California and Nevada from July 2014 through August 2014.

See additional information on the recall on the Eaton web site HERE.

Fluke Recalls

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Check here for recalls on Fluke products.

Safety Notice and Recall of Fluke BC1735/EELV Power Adapter

July 25th, 2014Fluke Recall 1

Fluke is voluntarily recalling certain BC1735/EELV Power Adapters which are used with the Fluke-1735 Power Logger. Fluke has determined that in some cases the housing fastening points of the BC1735/EELV Power Adapters shipped between 04/01/2014 and 06/24/2014 may be loose, which may lead to separation of the housing. This risk could result in electrical shock which may cause serious injury.

All BC1735/EELV Power Adapter models with the date code stamp 03140 are affected by this recall. If your power adapter date code has an “N” in front of it (N03140), your adapter has been reworked and is NOT part of the recall.

More detail at the Fluke Web Site

 

FLUKE_28_II_EX_01Recall of Fluke 28 II Ex Intrinsically Safe True-rms Digital Multimeters

March, 2013

Fluke is voluntarily recalling certain 28 II Ex Intrinsically Safe True-rms Digital Multimeters that were shipped between July 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012.

The Fluke part numbers and serial numbers affected are listed on the Fluke web site HERE.

To determine if your digital multimeter is affected by this recall notice, enter your model and serial number in the box on the Fluke web site and click “Verify.” Any serial number preceded or followed by the letter “R” is not affected by this recall notice.

 

Recall of Fluke 373, 374, 375 and 376 Digital Clamp MetersFluke Recall 3-2

January, 2013

Fluke is voluntarily recalling certain 373, 374, 375 and 376 Digital Clamp Meters that were manufactured between September 1, 2010 and October 31, 2012.

The models and serial numbers affected are listed on the Fluke web site HERE.

To determine if your clamp meter is affected by this recall notice, enter your model and serial number in the box on the Fluke web site and click “Check.” Any serial number preceded or followed by the letter “R” is not affected by this recall notice.