2.2 million Siemens and Murray circuit breakers recalled

Siemens and Murray circuit breaker recall.About 2.2 million Siemens and Murray circuit breakers are being recalled over concerns a spring clip can break and cause the breakers to fail, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The Mexican-made breakers were sold at The Home Depot, Lowes and other home and electrical stores from June through August.

Siemens and Murray single and double pole circuit breakers, breakers that come with an electrical panel, and meter combos -- those with a panel and a meter socket -- with amp ratings of 15 through 50 are being recalled. They will say "Siemens" or "Murray" on them and have date codes 0610 or 0710.

Also, a catalog number can be found marked on the side of the breakers. The dates June 2010 through August 2010 can also be seen inside those that come with the panels and metal boxes.

The CPSC said Siemens reported one of the breaker's spring clips broke during installation, prompting the recall. The failure can cause overheating, which could lead to a fire.

Circuit breakers, intended to shut off power to a circuit when it's overloaded, have accounted for several recalls. Last month, the CPSC announced the most recent in a string of recalls involving counterfeit circuit breakers.

Consumers with one of the recalled breakers or breaker boxes should contact Siemens to get a free inspection performed by an electrician and a free replacement.

For more information, call Siemens at (800) 756-6996 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
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