Eaton and Square D Safety Switch Recalls

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Eaton and Square D Safety Switch Recalls

Two different brands of safety switches, Eaton and Square D, have been recalled.

Eaton Heavy Duty 30A and 60A Safety Switches. The safety switch can potentially supply power when the handle is in the “off” position, subjecting the operator of the switch or any downstream equipment to risk of serious bodily injury or death.

If you are on Eaton’s list of purchasers of one or both of these switches, you should have already received notification of the recall. If you are a third-party recipient of these switches, you might have missed the notification. A PDF version of the Product Safety Bulletin is available from the Eaton website.

An online form should be filled out once an inspection has been performed and non-conforming units are identified. Eaton will then initiate a shipment of one or more repair kits at no cost to you to be installed by a qualified individual that will return the unit to conforming condition.

Canadian customers can access the advisory and find the link to fill out a Safety Inspection Form here.

Square D brand General Duty 30 & 60A, 120/240-volt, 2-phase and 3-phase NEMA 3R safety switches. The power can stay on when the safety switch handle is in the “OFF” position, posing an electrical shock or electrocution hazard to consumers. No incidents have been reported.

Consumers should immediately inspect installed safety switches by moving the handle to the “OFF” position. If the power stays on when the handle is in the “OFF” position, contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement safety switch and free service support to install the replacement switch.

If you have an uninstalled safety switch that is included in the recall, contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement safety switch. Instructions on how to inspect the switch can be found on their website.

In April 2018, Square D announced these product recalls. Details of this recall and a link to report an incident concerning this product can be found at the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Ken Sellars

Ken Sellars is an instructor of electrical safety, NEC, Grounding/Bonding and Arc Flash Safety courses nationwide. Read more about Ken.

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