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Safety Alert

Extech Recalls Digital Clamp Meters Due to Electrocution Hazard

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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Digital clamp meters

Hazard: The meters can fail to give an accurate voltage reading, resulting in the operator falsely believing the electrical power is low or off, posing an electrocution hazard.

Remedy: Replace

Consumer Contact: Extech toll-free at 855-239-8324 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by email at meter.recall@extech.com, or online at www.extech.com and click on Safety Notices at the bottom of the page for more information.

Units: 1,700 (in addition, about 20 were sold in Canada)

Description: This recall involves Extech digital clamp meters with model numbers EX650, EX655, MA160, MA61, and MA63. These models are all AC/DC clamp meters, which are electrical testing devices that measure AC/DC voltage, resistance, capacitance, frequency, temperature, continuity, and diode. Serial numbers in the following format are included in the recall: R15XXXXXXX to R17XXXXXXX. Only serial numbers in this range are included in the recall. The "EXTECH" logo and the model number are printed on the front of the unit and the serial number on the back. The digital clamp meters are green and orange.

Incidents/Injuries: Extech received two reports of clamp meters displaying an incorrect voltage reading. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled digital clamp meters and contact Extech for a free replacement meter.

Sold At: Grainger, Platt Electric Supply stores and industrial and electrical distributors and wholesalers nationwide and online at Amazon.com and other websites from January 2016 through April 2017 for between $110 and $230.

Importer: FLIR Commercial Systems Inc., of Goleta, Calif., owner of Extech

Manufactured In: China