CPSC, Fluke Corp. Announce Recall of Electrical Testers

PRODUCT: – Electrical Testers- Fluke Corp., of Everett, Wash., is voluntarily recalling approximately 33,000 model T-2 hand-held electrical voltage and continuity testers. These testers measure 24 to 600 volts alternating current (VAC), and 6 to 220 volts direct current (VDC). “Fluke” and “T2” are written on the front of the unit. The tester body is yellow and black, and measures about 6.25 inches long by 1.75 inches wide and 1.25 inches thick. The wire leads are black and have one black and one red probe. Recalled units have a serial number higher than 73510000. The serial number is located on the back of the unit above the wire leads. Home centers, hardware stores and industrial distributors nationwide sold these testers between June 1999 and March 2001 for about $49.

PROBLEM: The recalled units can “lock-up” and stop working. When the tester “locks-up” it stops working for approximately 8 minutes without warning. Consumers testing electrical sources could fail to be warned of the presence of live current if the tester is not properly operating, posing a risk of shock, electrocution, and thermal burns. Fluke conducted two previous recalls in November 1998 and 1999 on T2 Electrical Testers because of different electrical connection problems. Even if consumers had their testers repaired previously (serial numbers below 74165430), their testers could be part of this new recall and the serial number must be checked to determine if it is included in this recall program.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Fluke has received one report of a tester that “locked-up” and stopped working. No injuries have been reported.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using these voltage and continuity testers immediately, and contact Fluke for information on returning the recalled unit to Fluke for a free repair. Consumers should call Fluke toll-free at (800) 753-8646 between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Consumers can access Fluke’s web site at www.fluke.com/t2recall. Fluke has sent direct notice to known purchasers

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