By Anthony Capkun
April 17, 2014 – Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) reports Fluke is voluntarily recalling the 116 multimeter sold to the Canadian market (the recall, however, also involves the 113, 114, 115 and 117). Users should stop using recalled products immediately.
No injuries or incidents have been reported. The hazard involves the internal audible beeper, which may come apart and release a metal disk inside the enclosure. A fire or arc explosion could result from the short circuit of input terminals or protective impedance when measuring main voltages.
The recall in Canada involves about 20 units, but it is possible that not all 20 delivered to Canadian distributors/customers are within the affected serial number range. The affected serial number range for the 116 is 26290376 through 26522340. The units were manufactured in China and sold by Acklands-Grainger Inc., Neutron Electronics, ITM Instruments Inc., RSL and Charles Jones Industrial between December 2013 and February 2014.
If you suspect your unit, check whether the serial number(s) on the product falls within the serial number range noted above. If so, stop using the instrument immediately, and CONTACT Fluke to return the product for repair at no cost to you. Visit the online recall page or call (800) 363-5853.
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