Originally Posted By: jtedesco
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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

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 AFCIs

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, Ill.

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? and Homeline? 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, HOM115AFI, HOM115AFIC, HOM120AFI, HOM120AFIC, QO115VHAFI, QO120VHAFI, QOB115VHAFI, or QOB120VHAFI.

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


Test Button is BLUE on Recall Circuit Breakers

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Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

Originally Posted By: Greg Fretwell
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From the Gulfcoast IAEI meeting;

George Blanton, Senior sales executive, North American Operating Division, for Square D Co. was at our meeting today in order to inform everyone on the situation with the Sq D arc fault circuit breakers. George gave us all the information on the problems. All Sq D arc fault breakers manufactured between March 1, 2004 and September 23, 2004 have been recalled. There is a problem with a computer chip installed in the devices and they may not detect an arc fault. They will serve as an overcurrent device, but even though they may work today as an arc fault device they may not work tomorrow.
The big question was: Is the homeowner going to be able to get his final inspection passed and receive his or her certificate of occupancy with the recalled breakers in the panel? It may be quite a while until the good breakers are available. Most jurisdictions were not sure how they were going to handle this problem. North Port said they were not going to pass a final inspection with the recalled breakers installed. Other areas were leaning towards having a form signed by the owner and contractor stating that as soon as the replacement breakers were available they would be installed and a reinspect called for. We will discuss this at our next meeting. George told us that Sq D would be covering the cost of the replacement breakers and the electrical contractors time to replace the breakers.

Originally Posted By: kmcmahon
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Greg, they will be able to in my state. Even though we adopted the NEC, we did not adopt the requirement for AFCI’s

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