CPSC Recall: Fluke electrical tester poses electrical shock threat

Legal news for product liability attorneys. Voltage detectors can give false reading, posing shock threat to consumers.

CPSC alerts product liability attorneys- Fluke electrical testers recalled.

Seattle, WA—Fluke Corporation of Everett, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) http://www.cpsc.gov/ have announced a voluntary recall of Fluke VoltAlert® Voltage Detectors due to an electrical shock threat. The recall of 33,000 voltage detectors was announced on Thursday, March 11, 2010, by the CPSC.

Consumers are being advised to stop using the voltage detectors immediately unless otherwise instructed. The recall was prompted after discovering that the tester can fail to give an alert of a live voltage, which can result in the user believing that the electrical power is off, when in fact it isn’t. The false reading can pose a serious risk of injury or death from electrical shock or thermal burns. At this time no injuries or incidents have been reported. The Fluke voltage detectors “look like a pen with a yellow, white and gray body. The testers measure 90 to 1000 volts alternating current (VAC). “Fluke” and the model number are printed on the front of each unit.” The following model and item numbers are involved in the recall:

• Product Marking: 1AC-AI: Fluke-1AC-I VoltAlert Voltage Tester

The voltage testers were sold nationwide to industrial distributors and electrical wholesalers from September 2009 through February 2010, for the price of $25. Consumers can contact Flue for a free replacement at toll-free at (888) 983-5853 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit their Web site at www.fluke.com/1AC-A1recall.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for product liability lawyers.