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Product recall notices are always worth paying attention to, but when the product involved is an important piece of safety equipment this is doubly so. In that category is a recent notice from Schneider Electric concerning a recall of one of their electric safety switches widely used in commercial and residential settings.
According to the recall notice (which can be viewed by clicking here) certain of their Square D General Duty Safety Switch has the potential to fail resulting in a risk of electrical shock or electrocution. Schneider Electric issued the recall after determining that, when the safety switch handle is in the “OFF” position, power can stay on posing an electrical shock or electrocution hazard to consumers.
The switches in question are the Square D brand General Duty 30 & 60A, 120/240-volt, 2-phase and 3-phase NEMA 3R Safety Switches manufactured from January 1, 2014 through January 18, 2018, having date codes 1401 through 1803.
The date code can only be found on the inside of the cover and is not accessible if the product is installed and in-service. Check out the full recall notice at this link for additional information, including an inspection guide.