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Millions of defective surge protectors recalled

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Millions of electrical surge protectors sold in the U.S. are being recalled by Schneider Electric IT Corp. due to reports of fires that damaged several properties and caused injuries to several people, according to Reuters on Thursday, October 3.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall affects 15 million APC’s SurgeArrest series 7 and 8 surge protectors that may overheat and catch fire. At least 700 reports were received by the company in which consumers claimed the defective items overheated, caught fire and damaged properties. At least $1.7 million estimated home and medical property damage has been reported, in addition to 13 people sustaining burns and smoke inhalation.

The electrical surge protectors that are a part of the recall cost $13-$50,were manufactured in China and in the Philippines, and were sold from 1993-2002.

Consumers were advised to refrain from using the recalled electrical device and return it immediately to the store for a product replacement. The electrical surge protectors that cost $13-$50 were manufactured in China and in the Philippines.

Using defective electrical products may cause you severe injuries and harm. When this happens to you or someone you love in Wausau, our lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you get compensation. Call us at 800-242-2874 if you’ve been injured by these surge protectors or other dangerous products.