Products Liability Law Daily Shock hazard prompts recall of 98K electrical connection devices
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Friday, April 24, 2020

Shock hazard prompts recall of 98K electrical connection devices

By Susan Lasser, J.D.

Consumers are advised to arrange for a free replacement device.

Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc., of Melville, New York, is recalling approximately 98,000 Leviton 50 ampere, non-NEMA electrical connectors, plugs, receptacles and inlets because the electrical connection devices can have mislabeled terminal markings, posing an electrical shock hazard. In addition, about 4,400 units sold in Canada are included in this recall (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 20-112, April 23, 2020).

Incidents and injuries. Leviton has received four reports of mismarked devices, including one report of a consumer who received an electrical shock, and three reports of minor property damage to equipment with which the devices were being used.

Product description. The recall involves Leviton 50-ampere, non-NEMA electrical connectors, plugs, receptacles and inlet attachment devices. The recalled connection devices are used to transmit power to electrical equipment that is not hard-wired to a power source. Leviton is printed on the devices. Date codes can be found on the back cover of connectors and plugs, the side housing of receptacles and inlets, and on the label of each box. The recall includes a number of model/catalog numbers and date codes, which can be found on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website. Only electrical connectors without a blue dot on the device and packaging are included in this recall.

The recalled devices were manufactured in Mexico and sold at electrical distributors and online at www.Amazon.com from May 2019 through January 2020 for between $40 and $90.

Remedy. Consumers should stop using the recalled devices immediately, disconnect power to them, and contact Leviton to arrange for a free replacement device.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Leviton toll-free at 877-978-2032 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.Leviton.com and click on "Recall Information."

Companies: Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc.

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