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

May 30, 2017

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

June 23, 2016

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

June 23, 2016

  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

February 4, 2016

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. 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

January 5, 2015

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.

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