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Schneider Electric Recalls APC Surge Protectors Due to Fire Hazard

Hazard: The surge protectors can overheat, smoke and melt, posing a fire hazard.

Units: About 15 million.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 700 reports of the surge protectors overheating and melting and 55 claims of property damage from smoke and fire, including $916,000 in fire damage to a home and $750,000 in fire damage to a medical facility.  There are 13 reports of injuries, including smoke inhalation and contact burns from touching the overheated surge protectors.

Sold at: Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, and other stores nationwide from January 1993 through December 2002.

Manufacturer: American Power Conversion (APC), now known as Schneider Electric IT Corp., of West Kingston, R.I.

Consumer Contact:  Schneider Electric IT Corp., toll-free at (888) 437-4007 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at http://recall.apc.com, or www.apc.com and click on the Recall link to submit a claim and obtain more information.

Please visit the CPSC website for recall details:  http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Schneider-Electric-Recalls-APC-Surge-Protectors/.

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