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"Recall Alerts"


Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Schneider Electric North American Division Announce Recall of Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of North American Buss Industries, Inc. Transit Buses


Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Schneider Electric North American Division, of Palatine, Illinois announce recall of Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI).

Hazard: An AFCI is an electrical circuit protection device (circuit breaker) that detects electrical arcs from cracked, broken or damaged electrical insulation and shuts off power to the circuit before the arcing leads to a fire. An electronic component failure inside the AFCIs can cause the devices to not detect an electrical arc. Although the AFCIs will function as regular circuit breakers, they may not detect an arc fault, posing a safety risk to consumers. Clarifying Statement

Description: The recalled Square D QO® and Homeline® Arc Fault Interrupter circuit breakers are used with 15- and 20-amp branch circuits. They are required to be installed in bedroom circuits in accordance with the 2002 National Electrical Code. The recalled units were manufactured after March 1, 2004, and have a blue test button. The AFCI circuit breakers have one of the following date codes – CN, DN, EN, FN, GN, HN, or JN – stamped in red on the breaker label located just above the wiring terminal. The recalled units also have one of the following catalog numbers printed on a label on the front of the breaker: QO115AFI, QO115AFIC, QO120AFI, QO120AFIC, QOB115AFI, QOB120AFI, HOM115AFI, HOM115AFIC, HOM120AFI, HOM120AFIC, QO115VHAFI, QO120VHAFI, QOB115VHAFI, or QOB120VHAFI.

Remedy: Installed AFCIs will be replaced free of charge through electrical contractors. Consumers can return uninstalled AFCIs to the retailers or distributor from whom the unit was purchased for a free replacement unit.

Consumer Contact: Consumer should call Schneider Electric toll-free at (877) 202-9046 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday or log on to the company’s Website at

The CPSC release number is 05-035. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and North American Bus Industries, Inc. (NABI) announce recall of Model 40LFW 1998 – 1999 transit buses.

Component: Engine and engine cooling: engine: gasoline: turbo-charger

Summary: On certain transit buses equipped with Detroit Diesel series 50 engines, the turbocharger can fail allowing lubricating oil to enter the exhaust system.

Consequence: In the event the turbocharger fails, a fire may occur in the engine compartment resulting in property damage or injuries.

Remedy: Detroit Diesel is conducting the owner notification and remedy for this campaign. Dealers will repair the engine and install an exhaust temperature sensor to prevent the possibility of an exhaust or engine compartment fire. owners should contact Detroit Diesel Corporation at 313-592-5791 or NABI at (256) 831-4296.

NABI Recall No. 20044. Customers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Auto Safety hotline at (888) dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 04V479000. The notice can be viewed at

DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

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