The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 15 million surge protectors due to a fire hazard.
APC SurgeArrest surge protectors were made by American Power Conversion in the Philippines and China but the company is now known as Schneider Electric IT Corporation.
The firm has received 700 reports of the surge protectors overheating and melting and 55 claims of property damage from smoke and fire, including $916,000 in fire damage to a home and $750,000 in fire damage to a medical facility.
There are 13 reports of injuries, including smoke inhalation and contact burns from touching the overheated surge protectors.
The surge protectors were sold at Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, and other stores nationwide from January 1993 through December 2002 for between $13 and $50.
The model and serial numbers are located on a label on the bottom of the surge protector.
The two numbers that follow the first letter or letters in the serial number sequence indicate the year of manufacture.
The unit is included in the recall if the numbers are 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01 or 02. APC and the words Personal, Professional, Performance or Network are printed on the surge protectors. The following model numbers are included in this recall:
7 Series model numbers
8 Series model numbers
The CPSC says consumers should immediately stop using the recalled surge protectors, unplug them and contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement surge protector.
You can call Schneider Electric IT Corp. toll-free at (888) 437-4007 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit them online at http://recall.apc.com.