Surge Protectors Posing Danger Recalled by Company
Outdated appliances kept at home could pose a greater danger than anticipated leading to one company's choice to take action. Electric company Schneider Electric recalled 15 million of its APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors due to possible fire hazards.
Manufactured before 2003, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission noted the company received countless reports due to the product. Reports included 700 complaints of overheating, 13 reports of injuries and 55 of damaged property including a house fire that caused $916K in loss.
According to Today Money, the surge protectors making the recall list were sold nation-wide and created in China and the Philippines. Questions are being posed as to why the company waited so long to recall the product, in which a spokesperson commented in a statement to NBC News.
"In all but a fraction of these cases, the inquiry was resolved with no property damage and the consumer was provided with a replacement product," the statement said.
Whether you own one of these recalled products or not, there is still a lesson to be learned: check the quality of your home appliances and electronics frequently. Faulty appliances can be within your home without you knowing, so don't take a chance if something seems strange.
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