By Anthony Capkun
Siemens Canada Ltd. is participating in a voluntary recall of Siemens plug-in circuit breakers, which includes Type QP one- and two-pole plug-in breakers manufactured in Mexico. These breakers are sold individually or in combination packages designated as X-Press Pack load centres.
The potential hazard stems from the spring clips on affected circuit breakers possibly breaking, resulting in insufficient electrical connection. Over time, this may lead to excessive temperature, arcing or thermal damage. Such activity may, in extreme situations, lead to property damage, or serious personal injury—including death.
The affected products may have been sold through The Home Depot, Lowes, RONA, other hardware and building stores, and numerous electrical distributors nationwide.
The breakers affected are those manufactured in Mexico with a black label on the face of the breaker, and with following model numbers (carrying date codes 0610 and 0710): Q115, Q120, Q130, Q215, Q230 and Q250.
The X-Press Pack load centres affected are all model numbers starting with XP sold in the months of June, July and August 2010.
Distributors, electrical contractors, end users and homeowners should contact the recall Hotline at (888) 557-5588 or CLICK HERE for the recall website for more details on identifying the products and getting them replaced.