Surge Protector Fire Hazard Lawsuits

November 18, 2014 Last Updated on 04/19/2015

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At A Glance

This Alert Affects:
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.
What's Wrong?
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.