Consumer Safety News: THHN Electrical Wire Recalled For Fire/Burn Risks

08/19/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Crothersville, IN—Cerro Wire Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), voluntarily recalled THHN Electrical Wire due to fire hazards associated with the product. The CPSC announced the product safety recall, which affects approximately 1,000 units, on Wednesday, August 18, 2010.

The recall was issued after it was discovered that the products packaging labels the THHN electrical wire as 12 gauge. While the wire itself has “14 gauge” affixed to it, the accidental use of the wire as a 12 gauge can cause it to overload.

Consumers who use the mislabeled product as such run the risk of suffering burns or fire-related injuries. Cerro Wire has yet to receive any reports of injuries or adverse incidents in connection with the recalled THHN electrical wires.

According to the CPSC, “This recall involves THNN electrical wire labeled on its packaging as 12 gauge solid white 100’ UPC 48243982721 and 12 gauge stranded red 50’ UPC 48243229215. The actual wire has “THHN Cerro Wire 14 gauge” printed on it. The UPC number and 12 gauge is found on the plastic wrap and on a label at the bottom of the reel.”

The potentially hazardous electrical wire was made available to consumers at Home Depot and Menards stores in the following states: Colo., Iowa, Idaho, Ill., Ind., Kan., Ky., Mich., Minn., Mo., Mont., N.D., Neb., Ohio, Ore., Pa., S.D., Utah, Wash., Wis. and Wyo.

They were sold between December 2009 and April 2010, with 50-foot wire spools valued at $9 and 100-foot spools at $16. The THHN electrical wires were manufactured in the United States.

Consumers have been urged to cease use of any switches, outlets or electrical devices using this wire. Consumers should then contact Cerro Wire toll-free at (866) 572-3776 ext. 269 to learn how to return the product for a full reimbursement. The company can be reached Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET or online at www.CerroWire.com.

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