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15 million defective electrical surge protectors recalled

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French company Schneider Electric IT Corp voluntarily recalled some 15 million defective electric surge protectors that were linked to over $1 million damaged properties and several injuries due to fire, a Reuters report stated on Thursday, October 3. The recall affects the APC brand “SurgeArrest” 7 and 8 series sold in the U.S.

The affected surge protectors have a tendency to overheat and catch fire. There were at least 700 reported cases of the surge protector melting and catching fire, resulting in $1.7 million worth of property damage and the injuries of 13 people. A statement said the recalled electrical devices were sold in the U.S. from 1993 until 2002 and were manufactured in China and in the Philippines.

Consumers who have bought the product should immediately return it for a replacement.

The legal team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® understands how devastating it is for people in Waukesha to sustain injuries from defective electrical devices, such as these electrical devices. If you have been harmed by this particular product or another defective one, call us at (800) 242-2874 to discuss pursuing legal action.