November 9, 1999The Fluke Corp. Recalls
Model T-2 Hand-Held Electrical Voltage Testers
Everett, WA (SafetyAlerts) - The Fluke Corp. has
announced the voluntarily recall of about 58,000 model T-2 hand-held electrical voltage
and continuity testers. The batteries in the tester could fail to maintain proper contact
due to corrosion within the battery compartment, causing the device to lose power.
Consumers testing electrical sources could fail to be warned of the presence of live
current if the tester is not powered, posing a risk of shock, electrocution, and thermal
Fluke is aware of two incidents
involving these testers where consumers received a mild electric shock.
These testers measure 24 to 600 volts
alternating current (VAC), and 6 to 220 volts direct current (VDC). "Fluke" and
"T2" are written on the front of the unit. The tester body is yellow and black,
and measures about 6.25 inches long by 1.75 inches wide and 1.25 inches thick. The wire
leads are black and have one black and one red probe. Recalled units have a serial number
lower than 74165430. The serial number is located on the back of the unit above the wire
Fluke conducted a previous recall in
November 1998 on T2 Electrical Testers because of a different electrical connection
problem. Even if consumers had their testers repaired previously, their testers are part
of this new recall and need to be repaired again.
Home centers, hardware stores and
industrial distributors nationwide sold these testers between December 1997 and September
1999 for about $45.
Consumers should stop using these voltage and continuity tester immediately, and contact
Fluke to obtain a free repair kit or arrange to send your unit to Fluke for repair. For
information on returning your unit to Fluke or obtaining a repair kit, consumer should
call Fluke toll-free at (800) 753-8646 between between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through
Friday. Consumers can access Fluke's web site at www.fluke.com.
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