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Vernier Software & Technology Recalls Circuit Boards Due to Burn 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: Vernier Circuit Board 2

Hazard: There are two switches on the VCB2 that can get stuck between positions causing the switches to short out and overheat. If the switches overheat, the metal case of the switch can become hot, posing a burn hazard.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: Vernier Software & Technology toll-free at 888-837-6437 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT Friday, email at info@vernier.com or online at http://www.vernier.com and click on Vernier Circuit Board 2 Safety Recall Information banner for more information.

Units: About 4,200

Description: This recall only involves the Vernier Circuit Board 2. It is a green-colored circuit board that is 10 inches wide by 6.5 inches in height and is used to teach students about the fundamentals of electrical circuits. The Vernier name, logo, product name (Vernier Circuit Board 2) and order code (VCB2) are printed in the upper right corner of the product. Recalled units were shipped between August 2015 through April 10, 2018 represented with the different revision mark codes of 'VCB2 REV 1 PPRL 2015' and 'VCB2 REV 1A PPRL 2015' printed below the pins 35, 30, and 31 on the lower section of the product.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled circuit boards and return them to the firm for a free repair. Instructions for returning the units are available on the firm's website. Vernier is contacting known customers directly. Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 10 reports of circuit board switches overheating. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Online directly to customers by Vernier Software & Technology, by phone, catalog and dealers from August 2015 through April 2018 for about $130.

Manufacturer: Charles Assembly, of Aloha, Ore.

Distributor: Vernier Software & Technology, Beaverton, Ore.

Manufactured In: United States