By Anthony Capkun
(Posted August 4, 2016) – Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) reports Northern Cables Inc. is voluntarily recalling 12/2 AC90 (black/white) cable produced between June 4-6, 2013, for an intermittent defect.
The insulation on the black conductor may split when severely bent or twisted, which could result in an electrical short circuit. Again, the defect is intermittent, meaning not all product produced in this timeframe is defective, and no incidents or injuries have been reported.
The date of manufacture (D.O.M) can be found on the bottom of the cable reel tag.
If you have cable that has not yet been installed, return it to Northern Cables Inc. for replacement.
If the product has been installed, then the termination points should be checked by a licensed electrical contractor for any signs of splitting insulation, which typically occurs in areas where the insulated conductors have been severely bent or twisted (e.g. when a device is pushed into an electrical box). If splitting is found, Northern Cables Inc. will supply all the necessary materials for replacing any questionable cable.
For more information, contact Northern Cables Inc. at 613-345-1594.
Photos courtesy ESA.