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Specialty Lamp International Recalls Counterfeit Square D Circuit Breakers Due to Fire Hazard

May 29, 2008

Genuine and counterfeit Square D circuit breakers On May 27, 2008 Specialty Lamp International Inc., of Deerfield Beach, Fla. recalled approximately 371,000 counterfeit circuit breakers labeled as “Square D”. The recalled circuit breakers labeled “Square D” have been determined by Square D to be counterfeit and can fail to trip when they are overloaded, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

The counterfeit circuit breakers are black and are labeled as Square D QO-series models 115, 120, 130, 215, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260 and 2020 and Square D QOB-series models 115, 120, 130, 220, 230, 250, 260 and 1515. Actual Square D circuit breakers have (a) the amp rating written on the handle in white paint on the front of the breaker (authentic Square D circuit breakers manufactured prior to 2003 did not have white paint on the amperage numbers);
(b) the Square D insignia molded onto the breaker side, and;
(c) a yellow chromate mounting clip with half of the top of the clip visible. If your breaker, labeled as Square D, does not match this description, it could be counterfeit.

These breakers were sold by electrical product distributors nationwide from May 2005 through June 2006 for between $3 and $23 and manufactured in China or unknown.

Consumers should contact Specialty to determine if the breaker they have is counterfeit and to arrange for a free inspection and replacement or refund if necessary. For additional information, contact Specialty at (866) 650-3076 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, by email bart@specialty-lamp.com, or visit the company’s Web site at www.ebulb.net. This is not a Square D Company recall.

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