Originally Posted By: jpope
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Why then, are there supposedly authoritative statements being circulated that imply that FPE Stab-lok? circuit breakers and loadcenters are not up to snuff?
There are no authoritative statements. But, around 1981, FPE conducted a major recall of certain industrial circuit breakers. The publicity relating to this recall and the concurrent CPSC investigation of residential circuit breakers could certainly have engendered confusion.
What about the web site1 that alleges that FPE Stab-lok? panels and circuit breakers "are a latent hazard and can fail, leading to electrical fires?"
It?s a free country. Anyone can publish information on a web site whether or not the information is correct. In support of his allegations, this individual cites many of the documents produced for the CPSC investigation which was discontinued in 1983. The CPSC has retained the right to reopen its investigation and has not done so. Further, this individual has never contacted FPE nor has he reported any electrical fires to FPE.
How should we respond to home inspectors who state that FPE Stab-lok?loadcenters and circuit breakers are hazardous and should be replaced.
Unsupported recommendations should be disregarded. However, loadcenters and circuit breakers, whether manufactured by FPE or others, should be evaluated for code compliance, i.e., proper installation, application, and maintenance. Evaluation should be done by a licensed and qualified electrician and/or a qualified electrical inspector. FPE equipment should be treated in exactly the same manner as any other similar equipment.
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