Siemens Circuit Breaker Recall Issued Due to Fire Hazard
About 2.2 million Siemens and Murray circuit breakers have been recalled due to a defective spring clip that can cause it to arc and potentially catch fire.
The circuit breaker recall was announced on Thursday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after Siemens Industry Inc., the manufacturer, received a report that a spring clip in the circuit breaker had broken during installation. The defective circuit boards could be a fire hazard.
A broken spring clip can lead to a loss of force to maintain a proper electrical connection in the panelboard, according to the CPSC. If the electrical connection is not constant, there could be excessive heat, arcing or thermal damage at the connection point which could damage the panelboard’s insulation, resulting fire, damage and possibly injury.
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The recall affects 2.2 million Siemens and Murray 15 through 50 AMP single and double pole circuit breakers, load centers and meter combos. The load centers are circuit breakers that include an electrical panel, and the meter combos are a load center and a meter socket.
All of the recalled products are labeled “Siemens” or “Murray” and have a date code of 0610 or 0710 and the catalog number printed on a label on the side of the circuit breakers. The load centers and meter combos have date codes between June 23, 2010 and August 25, 2010 stamped on the inside of the metal box. A complete list of the catalog numbers affected is listed on the recall announcement.
The recalled circuit breakers were sold at The Home Depot, Lowes, hardware stores, building supply stores and electrical distributers nationwide between June 2010 and August 2010 for between $2.50 and $235.
The CPSC recommends that any consumers who possess or have installed the recalled circuit breakers contact Siemens for a free inspection and a free replacement product. The firm’s website is www.usa.siemens.com.
DanJune 7, 2012 at 1:16 am
I have a 100 amp Siemens load center manufacture date 11 feb 08. The main breaker appears to be bad. one side was loosing power frequently flipped the breaker off and on again and power was back up. Decided to replace the main breaker and I am feeling unsure about the other breakers in the panel at this point. Has anyone complained about this with a panel that pre-dates the 2010 recall???
WOODYFebruary 12, 2011 at 12:54 am
MURRAY, CROUSE HINDES, ITE, ARROW HART....ALL ARE BYTHE SAME PARENT CORP.....ALL ARE JUNK !!
CharlesJanuary 10, 2011 at 3:54 am
I have emailed Siemens twice about this issue and they do not respond with any information on how to get it replaced. Do they wait for a fire and then offer to replace the breaker? What do you have to do to get Siemens to respond?
DanielSeptember 30, 2010 at 6:42 pm
Hello, I do have some breaker with 0610 and i also installed some during the last few monts. I would like more info. on the recall. If i go back on my jobs to inspect or change breakers, will i be reinbursed by siemens or Eddy's buiding supply
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