Product Liability

CPSC issues recall of defective electrical meters

The Consumer Products Safety Commission and Health Canada announced a voluntary recall of approximately 52,000 Fluke Digital Clamp Meters, produced by Fluke Corp. of Everett, Washington. The CPSC advises consumers who own one of the recalled meters to stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

According to the CPSC, the defective electrical test meters may display low or no-voltage readings on a circuit with a dangerous or even deadly current. The defect can lead operators to think that a live electrical circuit is either dead or turned off, which can result in shock, electrocution, and thermal hazard burns.

Fluke has received 3 reports of its clamp meters displaying an incorrect voltage reading. No injuries have been reported to the company or the CPSC.

The faulty clamp meters contain a specific serial number range of 333, 334, 335, 336, and 337. Meters with serial numbers beginning with an “S” or are followed by an “R” are not defective and not included in the recall. Serial numbers are printed on the back of the meters and model numbers are displayed on the front. Model numbers may be followed by an “A.”

Fluke Corp. manufactured the meters in China between March 3, 2008 and February 27, 2009 and sold them through industrial distributors, electrical wholesalers, and some hardware stores from January 2008 through February 2009. The units retailed between $150 and $375.

Consumers who own a defective meter or are unsure if their meters are defective should call Fluke Corp. toll-free at (888) 983-5853 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Time. The manufacturer’s website with information about the recall can be viewed online at www.fluke.com/33Xrecall/