Recall ordered for counterfeit circuit breakers
Maimi Breaker requests recall in case brought by Square D over 43,000 phony breakers
Schneider Electric announced that on August 2, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a voluntary recall for counterfeit circuit breakers distributed by Miami Breaker, Inc. and imported by General Breaker & Panel, Inc. both of Miami. The voluntary recall was requested by Miami Breaker, Inc. pursuant to an Agreed Consent Order for Permanent Injunctive Relief, signed by U.S. District Court Judge K. Michael Moore in a lawsuit brought by Square D in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
“Over 43,000 of these counterfeit products were sold into the field by these unauthorized re-sellers,” said Bill Snyder, vice president, channel development, Schneider Electric. “These counterfeit products are inferior in quality and pose risks to the public. They can fail to trip in the event of an overload or a short circuit thereby creating a risk of fire,” according to Snyder. “Anyone choosing to deal in the marketplace where these counterfeit goods are sold is putting people and property in danger.”
Customers that believe they may have purchased counterfeit circuit breakers covered by the CPSC recall should visit the CPSC’s webpage dedicated to the recall located at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10749.html to gather further information on the recall.
“Schneider Electric is committed to eradicating the manufacture, distribution and sale of counterfeit products and exercising its legal right to stop those who are putting the public at risk and profiting from use of Schneider Electric’s trademarks and designs,” said Snyder. “We’ll stop at nothing to preserve the integrity of our products and protect customers from the serious health and safety hazards associated with counterfeit products.”
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