Products Liability Law Daily 1M safety switches recalled for electric shock, electrocution hazards
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

1M safety switches recalled for electric shock, electrocution hazards

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Schneider Electric USA Inc., of Andover, Massachusetts, has recalled around 1,079,000 Square D brand General Duty 30 & 60A, 120/240-volt, 2-phase and 3-phase NEMA 3R safety switches because the power can stay on when the safety switch handle is in the "OFF" position, posing an electrical shock or electrocution hazard to consumers (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 18-140, April 17, 2018).

Incidents and injuries. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Product description. This recall involves Square D brand General Duty 30 & 60A, 120/240-volt, 2-phase and 3-phase NEMA 3R safety switches. The switches are a dark gray metal box with a black handle on the side that can be moved to an "ON" or "OFF" position. The "OFF" position is designed to shut off the flow of electricity. The switches may be used in or around commercial buildings, outbuildings, apartments, and homes. They measure about 10 inches by 7 inches by 4 inches. Brand name "Square D", the ampere of the safety switch, and the 120/240-volt or 240-volt marking is printed on a label on the front of the safety switch. The recalled switches were manufactured between January 1, 2014, and January 18, 2018, and have date codes 1401 through 1803. The date codes are in the YYWW format (example: 1401 = year 2014, week 1). The date code of the product can only be found on the inside of the cover and is not accessible if the product is installed and in-service. A catalog number can be found on a separate label on the side of the box. A complete list of affected catalog numbers is available at www.cpsc.gov.

These safety switches, which were manufactured in Mexico, were sold at authorized Schneider Electric distributors, Home Depot, Lowe’s, original equipment manufacturers, and other stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com, and Lowes.com from January 2014 through January 2018 for between $40 and $500.

Remedy. Consumers should inspect installed safety switches immediately by moving the handle to the "OFF" position. If the power stays on when the handle is in the "OFF" position, contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement safety switch and free service support to install the replacement switch. If the safety switch is not installed and included in the recall, contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement safety switch. Instructions on how to inspect the switch can be found at www.schneider-electric.us/gdss-safetyalert.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Schneider Electric toll-free at 877-672-1953 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or online at www.schneider-electric.us/gdss-safetyalert or www.schneider-electric.com and click on "Square D" (found under Quick Links).

Companies: Schneider Electric USA Inc.

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