Anyone who purchased or owns a surge protector that has caught fire.
What's a Surge Protector?
A surge protector (also known as a surge suppressor) is a device that protects electrical appliances from voltage spikes by limiting or grounding excess voltage.
It is believed that some surge protectors are defective and likely to overheat, smoke, melt and/or catch fire even when used properly.
Have There Been Recalls?
Yes. In October 2013, more than 15 million surge projectors manufactured by Schneider Electric were recalled over fears that they could catch fire. In one instance, a surge protector fire caused more than $1 million in damage.
Attorneys are investigating potential class action lawsuits over defective surge protectors.
These devices, which are designed to protect your electrical appliances by blocking excess voltage and/or grounding voltage spikes, can cause significant damage if they catch fire. While one brand of surge protectors was recalled in late 2013 over a fire hazard, it is possible that other companies’ products may pose a similar risk.
Serious Fire Hazard Leads to Surge Protector Recall
On October 3, 2013, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of 15 million Schneider Electric APC Surge Protectors. In its release, the CPSC noted that “the surge protectors can overheat, smoke and melt, posing a fire hazard.” The agency received more than 700 reports of surge protectors overheating, melting and smoking, as well as 55 reports of property damage. Multiple injuries were also reported, including burns from touching a surge protector and smoke inhalation.
The affected surge protectors, also sold under the manufacturer’s previous name American Power Conversion, had been on sale since 1993.
It’s not yet known which other brands may pose a similar risk; however, attorneys have reason to believe that there are surge protectors on the market that are defective and pose a serious risk of injury and property damage.
If you experienced overheating, smoking or fire with your surge protector, these attorneys want to hear from you. You may be able to start a class action against the manufacturer to recover compensation for property damage and other losses. If you’ve had problems with your surge protector, tell us what happened.