Connecticut Electric Recalls Counterfeit Square D Circuit Breakers Due To Fire Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. **Name of Product: **Counterfeit “Square D” Circuit Breakers
**Units: **About 64,000
**Distributor: **Connecticut Electric & Switch Mfg. Co. (Connecticut Electric), of Puyallup, Wash.
**Hazard: ** The recalled circuit breakers labeled “Square D” are counterfeit and could fail to trip when they are required to, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
**Incidents/Injuries: **Connecticut Electric has not received any report of incidents or injuries associated with these counterfeit circuit breakers.
**Description: **The counterfeit circuit breakers are black and are marked as Square D products. Connecticut Electric has identified the following breakers as possibly being counterfeit: QO115, QO120, QO140, QO2125, QO215, QO220, QO230, QO240, QO250, QO260, QO1515, QO2020, QO3100, QO320, QO330, QO340, QO360, QOB120, QOB130, QOB220, QOB230, QOB250, QOB330, and QOB360. Actual Square D circuit breakers have (a) the amp rating written on the handle in white paint on the front of the breaker; (b) the Square D insignia molded onto the breaker side, and; © a yellow chromate mounting clip with half of the top of the clip visible. If your Square D breaker does not match this description, it could be counterfeit.
**Sold through: **Electrical Distributors and hardware stores nationwide from February 2005 through August 2006 for between about $6.50 and $15.50.
**Manufactured in: **China
**Remedy: **Consumers should contact Connecticut Electric to determine if the breaker they have is counterfeit and if necessary, to arrange for a free inspection and replacement or refund.
**Consumer Contact: **For more information, Call Connecticut Electric at (866) 264-3702 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s Web site at www.connecticut-electric.com. Consumers also can obtain additional information by emailing Connecticut Electric at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Genuine Square D Circuit Breaker