November 4, 2003
UL warns of potential electric shock
hazard with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) notifies consumers, electricians,
contractors and manufacturers that the GFCI described below does not meet
current UL requirements and may pose a fire or electric shock hazard to
users. UL encourages users to stop using the GFCI immediately and return it
to the place of purchase. This information below supersedes UL's Sept. 16,
2003 public notice.
Name of product: Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Rated 15 or 20
Amps, 125 volts.
Units: More than 135,000.
Manufacturer: Shanghai Meihao Electric, Inc of Shanghai, China. The GFCIs
are sold under the product name of The Designers Edge, People International
Business Inc., Preferred Industries and USI Electric, Inc. UL believes the
product may have been sold under other names as well.
Date of manufacture: January 2003 to August 2003.
Hazard: The GFCI may not trip when a ground fault is present, resulting in a
risk of electric shock. The GFCI may pose a fire hazard when subjected to a
voltage surge commonly associated with a lightning strike.
On the GFCI: There will be a File Number and the date code "2003 X," with
the "X" representing a number from 1 to 30. Checking the file number and
date code is the best way to determine if the product in your home is
subject to this public notice.
On the packaging: The Company Name and Part Number (see below)
|Shanghai Meihao Electric, Inc
||MH15, MH20, MH20B
|The Designers Edge
|USI Electric Inc.
||GF-715X, GF-716X, GF-720X, GF-721X series ICON-8158 and
ICON-8208, USI-91XX and USI-92XX series (X will equal any number 0-9)
The UL Listing Mark and the UL Mark for Canada may appear on the product
and packaging. The UL Listing Mark and UL Mark for Canada is not authorized
and the product is not considered Listed by UL or, its affiliate,
Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC).
|58 Shane Road
|Tel: +86 021-59143130
Fax: + 86 021-59143700
|The Designers Edge
||11730 N.E. 12th Street
12304 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
||2001 NW 25th Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
|USI Electric, Inc.
||7-A, Gwynns Mill Court
Owings Mills, MD, 21117
Sold at: Electrical distributors and home centers since January
Electrical distributors and home centers since January 2003.
Remedy: If you believe that you may have a GFCI identified in this notice,
return it to the place of purchase. If the GFCI is already installed in your
home, stop using it immediately, contact a qualified electrician to verify
the marking and date code, and have it replaced with a similarly rated UL
For technical inquiries from manufacturers, retailers, distributors and
inspection authorities, please contact: Donald Ackerman, Field Reports
Department, Tel: +1-847-664-2907 E-mail: Donald.H.Ackerman@us.ul.com.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit
organization that has evaluated products, materials and systems in the
interest of public safety for 108 years. More than 17 billion UL Marks
appear on products each year, and more than 18,000 types of products are
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