AFCI Recall

Originally Posted By: loconnor
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I received this recall in my email today. I see that Joe T. already posted it in the “Electrical” section. Thought I’d do it here.

November 3, 2004
Release # 05-035
Firm's Hotline: (877) 202-9046
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Schneider Electric North American Division Announce Recall of

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces
the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firms below.
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless
otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI)

Units: About 700,000

Manufacturer: Schneider Electric North American Division, of Palatine,

Hazard: An AFCI is an electrical circuit protection device (circuit
breaker) that detects electrical arcs from cracked, broken or damaged
electrical insulation and shuts off power to the circuit before the
arcing leads to a fire. An electronic component failure inside the AFCIs
can cause the devices to not detect an electrical arc. Although the
AFCIs will function as regular circuit breakers, they may not detect an
arc fault, posing a safety risk to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Schneider Electric is investigating one reported
fire during a new home construction that may be related to this problem.
No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled Square D QO(r) and Homeline(r) Arc Fault
Interrupter circuit breakers are used with 15- and 20-amp branch
circuits. They are required to be installed in bedroom circuits in
accordance with the 2002 National Electrical Code. The recalled units
were manufactured after March 1, 2004, and have a blue test button. The
AFCI circuit breakers have one of the following date codes - CN, DN, EN,
FN, GN, HN, or JN - stamped in red on the breaker label located just
above the wiring terminal. The recalled units also have one of the
following catalog numbers printed on a label on the front of the
breaker: QO115AFI, QO115AFIC, QO120AFI, QO120AFIC, QOB115AFI, QOB120AFI,

Sold at: Electrical distributors and retailers sold the AFCIs between
March 2004 and September 2004 for between $30 and $130.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Installed AFCIs will be replaced free of charge through
electrical contractors. Consumers can return uninstalled AFCIs to the
retailers or distributor from whom the unit was purchased for a free
replacement unit.

Consumer Contact: Consumer should call Schneider Electric toll-free at
(877) 202-9046 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or
log on to the company's Website at

View this recall online at

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