Company issues recall for defective circuit breakers

Siemens Industry Inc. of Alpharetta, GA has announced the recall of about 2.2 million of its Siemens and Murray brands of circuit breakers, load centers and meter combinations, all manufactured in Mexico.

Siemens reports that the recalled devices have a spring clip that can break during normal use, leading to the loss of force required to maintain a proper electrical connection in the panelboard.  According to the company, this defect can lead to excessive temperature, arcing or thermal damage at the connection point, and damage to the panelboard’s electrical insulation, and can result in a fire, property damage, or personal injury.

Siemens says that it has received one report of a circuit breaker spring clip that broke during installation, but no reports of injuries.

The recalled devices were sold at The Home Depot, Lowes and other hardware and building supply stores and electrical distributors nationwide from June 2010 through August 2010 for between $2.50 and $235.

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