15 million surge protectors sold between '93 and '02 recalled

APC SurgeArrest surge protectors (Source: CPSC)
APC SurgeArrest surge protectors (Source: CPSC)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 15 million APC Surge Protectors were recalled as of October 3.

The 15 million units recalled were sold at stores across the country, such as Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA and other stores from January 1993 through December 2002. The units cost between $13 and $50.

There have been 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.

According to the CPSC the surge protectors are being recalled because they can overheat, smoke, and melt, which poses a fire hazard. 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.

Consumers are urged to immediately stop using recalled surge protectors, unplug them and contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement. To contact them, call 888-437-4007 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday or online at recall.apc.com or www.apc.com, and click on the Recall link to submit a claim.

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