Recall: Series 8 American Power Conversion Surge Protectors manufactured; 1993-2002


Recall date: October 03, 2013


Recall number: 14-001


Description

This recall involves APC (American Power Conversion, now known as Schneider Electric) 8 SurgeArrest surge protectors manufactured before 2003.

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.

APC and the words Personal, Professional, Performance or Network are printed on the surge protectors. The following model numbers are included in this recall.

8 Series model numbers

NET8, NET8N, PER8T, PER8TR, PER8TR-CN, PER8TVR, PER8XTV, PRF8T2, PRF8TT, PRO8, PRO8T2, PRO8T2C, PRO8T2MP12, PRO8T2MP12B, PRO8TV

Incidents/Injuries

The firm has received 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.
Remedy


Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled surge protectors, unplug them and contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement surge protector.
Sold at

Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, and other stores nationwide from January 1993 through December 2002 for between $13 and $50.
Manufacturer

American Power Conversion (APC), now known as Schneider Electric IT Corp., of West Kingston, R.I.
Manufactured in

China, Philippines