Schneider Electric has recalled about 15 million APC SurgeArrest surge protectors for fire hazards. The protectors pose the risk of overheating, which can cause them to smoke and melt and catch on fire. There have been 700 incident reports of the surge protectors melting, including 55 claims of property damage, over $900,000 in fire damage to a house and $750,000 in fire damage to a medical facility. Out of the incident reports, there were 13 reported injuries sustained from burns and smoke inhalation.
Sold at Best Buy, Circuit City, and in other stores across the nation from January 1993 through December 2002, the recalled models are the APC 7 and 8 series. Consumers can locate the model and serial numbers on the bottom of the surge protector. The first two numbers after the letter indicates the manufacture year from 93-02.
Consumers should immediately unplug the surge protectors and contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement.
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7 Series model numbers
8 Series model numbers