15 million Schneider Electric APC surge protectors recalled

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Schneider Electric is recalling 15 million of its surge protectors because they may overheat, smoke and melt posing a fire hazard.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has received over 500 reports of the surge protectors overheating and melting.  There have also been more than a dozen reports of injuries.

The 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 lettor 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 surge protectors were sold at Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, and other nationwide from January 1993 through December 2002 for between $13 and $50.  The units were manufactured in China and the Philippines.

The following model numbers are in the recall:

8 Series 7 Series
NET8 NET7
NET8N NET7T
NET7T-C PER7
PER8T PER7C
PER8TR PER7T
PER8TR-CN PER7T-CO
PER8TVR PER7T-U
PER8XTV PER7TX137
PRF8T2 PER7-U
PRF8TT PER7X148
PRO8 PRF7
PRO8T2 PRF7T
PRO8T2C PRO7
PRO8T2MP12 PRO7C
PRO8T2MP12B PRO7T
PRO8TV
PRO7TX183

For more information on the recall or to file a claim click here.