Schneider Electric is recalling its APC surge protector due to a potential fire hazard.

This recall involves APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors manufactured 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. The following model numbers are included in this recall.

 

7 Series model numbers8 Series model numbers
NET7 NET8 
NET7TNET8N
NET7T-CPER8T           
PER7  PER8TR
PER7CPER8TR-CN
PER7TPER8TVR
PER7T-COPER8XTV
PER7T-UPRF8T2
PER7TX137PRF8TT
PER7-UPRO8 
PER7X148PRO8T2
PRF7  PRO8T2C
PRF7TPRO8T2MP12
PRO7PRO8T2MP12B        
PRO7CPRO8TV
PRO7T 
PRO7TX183 
Incidents/Injuries

The firm has received 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.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled surge protectors, unplug them and contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement surge protector.

Sold at

Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, and other stores nationwide from January 1993 through December 2002 for between $13 and $50.