Klein Tools is recalling its digital clamp meters that are used to detect electrical current in wiring. The meters may have a fastener that can work itself loose over time, potentially leading to a false reading when measuring voltage. As a result, the operator could incorrectly believe the electrical power is off, which poses shock, electrocution and burn hazards.
The recall includes 114,000 meters that were sold in the United States, plus an additional 3,300 in Canada and 3,750 in Mexico. They were made in China and sold at Home Depot and other hardware stores, industrial distributors and electrical wholesalers nationwide from November 2015 through April 2016 for between $55 and $75.
The meters are black with a backlit LCD display and an orange trigger and clamp mechanism. “Klein Tools” and the model number are printed on the front of the clamp meters. They are rated CAT III 600 volts and measure voltage up to 600 volts and alternating current up to 400 amps. See the CPSC notice for a list of affected model numbers and date codes.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled digital clamp meters and contact Klein Tools to receive postage paid labels to return the clamp meters for free replacement units.