Amprobe Recalls Clamp Meters Due to Shock Hazard

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2007
Release #07-130
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 350-8661
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


Amprobe Recalls Clamp Meters Due to Shock Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of product: Amprobe Digital Clamp Meters used for electrical testing

Units: About 70,000

Manufacturer: Amprobe Test Tools, of Everett, Wash.

Hazard: The meters can fail to give an appropriate voltage reading, resulting in the operator believing the electrical power is off, which can pose a risk of shock, electrocution, or thermal burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Amprobe is aware of one report of a clamp meter displaying an incorrect voltage reading. No injuries have been reported.

Description: Only Amprobe brand digital clamp meter models ACD-10PRO, ACD-10 TRMS-PRO, ACD-14 and ACD-14TRMS, except those model numbers followed by “FX” or “PLUS,” are included in the recall. “Amprobe” and the model numbers are printed on the front of the units. These clamp meters measure 0 to 600 volts alternating current (VAC), and 0 to 600 volts direct current (VDC). In addition, they measure 0 to 400 amps alternating current. The tester body is red and grey and measures 7-1/2 inches in length by 2-1/2 inches in width by 1-1/4 inches thick.

Sold at: Industrial distributors, electrical wholesalers and hardware stores nationwide from January 2002 through December 2006 for about $100.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these recalled clamp meters immediately and contact Amprobe for a free replacement clamp meter.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Amprobe at (800) 350-8661 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.amprobe.com/recall

Picture of Recalled Digital Clamp Meter

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