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Circuit Breakers Being Recalled

Nov 3, 2004 | AP

An Illinois company is recalling about 700,000 circuit breakers because of concerns they may not work properly and could lead to a fire, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

The recall involves two models of AFCIs, or electrical circuit protection devices, made by Schneider Electric North American Division of Palatine, Ill.

The commission says the AFCI has an electrical component that can fail and possibly prevent the device from detecting a break in the circuit, potentially causing a fire.

Schneider Electric is investigating one reported fire, the commission said. No injuries have been reported.

The breakers were sold nationwide from March to September. They cost between $30 and $130.

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