By Anthony Capkun
October 19, 2012 – The Electrical Safety Authority is notifying the public that General Electric is voluntarily recalling the following product, which you should stop using immediately.
Due to an assembly anomaly, the ground connector (clip) is oversized, creating the risk of shock under certain conditions. As yet, there have been no reports of incidents or injuries. The 30A receptacle is manufactured in Mexico by Midwest Electrical Products Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the General Electric company.
The affected receptacle is shown in the photograph below. It is black and about 2-in. in diameter. The words “MIDWEST”, “RECEPTACLE”, “30A”, “125V AC” are moulded into the surface. This receptacle has an approximate retail cost of $14 US.
The receptacle is a component within electrical power outlets or pedestals used exclusively for RV electrical plug-in travel trailers. The product is sold under the Midwest brand and may be a component in electrical power outlets or pedestals under the GE or Midwest brands.
This product is sold through distributors to electrical professionals and business users. Products produced between May 21, 2012, and July 22, 2012, are potentially impacted.
You can contact GE for a replacement at (866) 855-8504 between 8 am and 5 pm ET, Monday through Friday.
Image courtesy ESA.