|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2006
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 202-9046
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Square D Recalls Safety Switches Due to Shock or Electrocution Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: General Duty Safety Switches.
Units: About 27,600
Manufacturer: Square D Co., of Palatine, Ill.
Hazard: The safety switch can continue to supply electricity even after being placed in the "OFF" position. This poses the risk of an electric shock or electrocution hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.
Description: The recall includes General Duty 30 and 60 ampere, 240 volt, 1 phase and 3 phase NEMA 3R safety switches. The switches are typically used to control the flow of electricity to outdoor motorized units that are hardwired to a household or business' electrical system such as outdoor air conditioning and heating (HVAC) equipment. The switches contain "ON" and "OFF" positions. The "OFF" position is designed to cut the flow of electricity to an outdoor motorized unit to protect the person who is servicing the unit. The recalled switches have the following date codes and catalog number printed on bottom of the wiring label inside the front cover or on bottom of the package label.
|Date Codes||Catalog Numbers
|06371 through 06446
Sold at: Electrical distributors and retailers from September 2006 through November 2006 for between $120 and $300.
Manufactured in: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers should return the uninstalled safety switches to the retailer or distributor where purchased for a free replacement unit. Installed safety switches will be replaced free of charge by contacting the firm.
Customer Contact: Contact Square D toll-free at (877) 202-9046 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.us.squared.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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