April 22, 1999
Release # 99-100
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183
CPSC, Square D Co. Announce Recall of Electric
Palatine, IL (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
CPSC, Square D Co. of Palatine, Ill. is recalling about 12,200 CSEDs ( Combination Service
Entrance Devices) - which are metal boxes mounted on the outside of homes and
contain the electric meter and the main electrical breaker panel. When these CSEDs are
installed and electrical power supplied, electrical arcing can occur, posing a risk of
shock, electrocution and electric burn.
These CSEDs are gray, and have catalog numbers C125RB,
C200RB, C2M200RB, C4L200RB (Series M01), CQRB100CP (Series M01, E1, and E01) and CQRB200RB
(Series M01, E3, and E03). "Square D" and the catalog number can be
found on the wiring diagram located on the inside of the left-hand hinge cover. The
CQRB100CP measures 12.8 inches high by 13.6 inches wide by 4.6 inches deep, and the other
models measure 18.3 inches high by 19.5 inches wide by 4.6 inches deep. These products
were sold nationwide primarily to electrical contractors through distributors. A small
percentage were sold to contractors and possibly consumers through home improvement
stores. They were sold from October 1997 through July 1998 for between $130 and $300.
CPSC and Square D are aware of one report of a
unit arcing during installation. No injuries have been reported.
If you have one of these devices that has not been installed, do not attempt to install or
connect power to the device. If your CSED is installed and operating properly, it does not
require replacement. The electrical arcing would be apparent on a defective CSED with
sparks or fire emanating from the box. For a free replacement CSED, call Square D
toll-free at (800) 666-7557 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.
Recorded messages can be left during other times.
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