Sump Pumps Recalled Over Electrocution Risk During Floods

Certain sump pumps sold under the Goulds, Red Jacket and Bell & Gossett brands are being recalled because their power cords can leak water into electrical outlets, creating a shock or electrocution risk, said the pumps' importer.

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and ITT Water Techonology Inc. of New York warned consumers not to touch the pumps, any water or the floor around the pumps if the units were installed without a ground fault circuit interrupter, often called a GFI. So far, no consumers have reported being hurt.The CPSC said about 21,000 pumps were installed in homes -- both in new houses and as replacement pumps -- between December 2009 and July 2010. The pumps were sold through Goulds, Red Jacket and Bell & Gossett distributors nationwide for between $280 and $700. The pump itself was made in the United States and the power cord was manufactured in China.

The pumps -- used to removed wastewater and sewage -- are sky blue or red and display Goulds Red Jacket or Bell & Gossett brands. Models affected by the recall are:
  • Goulds ST, PE, PS, PV, GWP and SDSST
  • Red Jacket RSC, REP, RWW, RVW, RWP and RSDSST
  • Bell & Gossett SC, 1EC, 2WC, 2VW, MWP and MSDS
Consumers who have a recalled pump should call ITT Water Technology at (866) 325-4204 and a technician will be sent to your home to replace or repair the pump.

Sump pumps aren't just used for getting rid of water in the basement after too much rain. If a water pipe burst or a sewer line backed up, those too have the potential to cause real property damage if the basement floods.
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