Surge protectors that have already caused more than $1 million in property damage because they can overheat and start a fire are being recalled.
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DETAILS: APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors made 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. They were sold from January 1993 through December 2002. Model numbers can be found by clicking on the related link below.
WHY: The surge protectors can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: 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.
HOW MANY: About 15 million.
FOR MORE: Call Schneider Electric IT Corp. at 888-437-4007.