October 7, 1998Siemens Energy & Automation
Recalls GFCI Circuit Breakers Used with Hot Tubs and Spas
Alpharetta, GA (SafetyAlerts) - Siemens Energy &
Automation Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 144,000 2-pole ground fault circuit
interrupter (GFCI) circuit breakers, typically used with hot tubs and spas to prevent
shock or electrocution. These GFCI circuit breakers could overheat and lose their ability
to prevent injury or death.
Siemens is not aware of any injuries involving these circuit breakers. This recall is
being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.
The 2-pole GFCI circuit breakers involved in this recall carry the Siemens or Murray brand
name. The face of the black plastic units have a large, white button with the word
"TEST" molded into it. The circuit breaker's rating is printed in white at each
end of the handle's horizontal bar. A product identification sticker is affixed to the
face of each unit near the "TEST" button. The word "Siemens" or
"Murray" will be found at the top of the sticker, and the phrase "2 Pole
Unit" is printed on the bottom of the sticker. Only 2-pole units are being recalled.
The GFCI circuit breakers were sold primarily to electrical contractors and hot tub
manufacturers through independent wholesale electrical distributors. A small percentage
were sold to contractors and consumers through home improvement stores. They were sold
nationwide from March 1996 through April 1998 for about $100.
Consumers should switch the recalled GFCI circuit breaker to the "off" position
immediately to disconnect the power supply. Consumers should call Siemens at (800)
443-2123 between 7 a.m. and 12 midnight EST Monday through Friday or between 9 a.m. and 10
p.m. EST Saturday and Sunday to arrange to have qualified personnel replace the breakers
at no charge to the consumer. Consumers should not attempt to remove the GFCI circuit
breaker because high voltage can cause death or serious injury. Consumers should not use
their hot tubs and spas until a replacement breaker has been installed.
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