WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers
should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
(To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC’s Web
site at www.cpsc.gov.)
Name of Product: Counterfeit Circuit Breakers labeled
as “Square D”
Units: About 50,000
Distributor/Retailer: North American Breaker Co. Inc.
(NABCO), of Burbank,
Hazard: 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.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The counterfeit circuit
breakers are black and are labeled as Square D QO-series models 110, 115,
120, 130, 210, 215, 220, 225, 230, 235, 240, 250, 260, 280, 1515, 1520, 2020,
2125, 315, 340, 350, 360, and 3100. Actual Square D circuit breakers have
(a) the amp rating written on the handle in white paint on the front of the
breaker; (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.
Sold by: NABCO, electrical distributors, and
retailers nationwide from March 2003 through April 2006 for between $3 and
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should contact NABCO to determine
if the breaker they have is counterfeit and to arrange for a free inspection
and replacement or refund if necessary.
Customer Contact: For additional information, contact NABCO
at (866) 505-5851
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, email the firm at
[email protected], or visit the firm’s
Web site at
This is not a Square D Company recall.
Genuine Square D
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with
protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from
more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency’s
jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and
property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800
billion annually. The CPSC is committed
to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire,
electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC’s work to ensure the
safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette
lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the 30 percent
decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products
over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous
product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s hotline at (800) 638-2772 or
CPSC’s teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 or visit CPSC’s Web site at
www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can
obtain this release and recall information at CPSC’s Web site at