15 million surge protectors recalled due to fire hazard

15 million surge protectors recalled due to fire hazard
This undated image made available by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Friday, Oct. 3, 2013, shows Schneider Electric's APC Surge Protector.
Surge protectors that have already caused more than $1 million in property damage because they can overheat and start a fire are being recalled.

APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors made before 2003 are included in the recall. 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 at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Schneider-Electric-Recalls-APC-Surge-Protectors.

The surge protectors can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Some 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, have been reported.

There are 13 reports of injuries, including smoke inhalation and contact burns from touching the overheated surge protectors.

About 15 million of the surge protectors were sold.

For more information call Schneider Electric IT Corp. at 888-437-4007 or visit http://recall.apc.com, or www.apc.com and click on the Recall link to submit a claim and obtain more information.