Klein Tools Recalls its Non-Contact Voltage Tester Due to Electrical Shock Hazard
Klein Tools has initiated a recall of several models of its “Non-Contact Voltage Testers” due to electrical shock hazards. The recall notice has been published on both KlienTools.com and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) recall page (recall number 21-150). According to the recall announcement, the product defect involves the on/off button. The on/off button might “remain depressed during the power on or power off cycle,” which causes the tester to not work properly. The danger comes when the use is testing an electrical source and the Non-Contact Voltage Tester fails to want the user of the presence of live voltage. This could cause the user to handle “live” electrical wires by accident resulting in severe injuries or death by electrocution. Klein Tools has received two reports of incidents of the voltage tester not working properly, including one shock injury.
The recall was initiated on June 9, 2021 and affects approximately 1,800,000 units that were sold in the United States and in Canada. This recall only involves the Klein Tools “Non-Contact Voltage Testers” that have model numbers NCVT1 and date codes that end with “H7”. The unit was also sold as part of a kit and sold separately. The only corrective action is replacement. To receive a replacement, purchasers are asked to visit www.kleintools.com and then click on the “Safety Recall Information” link that is located at the bottom of the page.
The following model numbers are affected by the recall, all with the date codes that end with H7.
|NCVT1||Non-Contact Voltage Tester|
|NCVT1SEN||Non-Contact Voltage Tester with Sensormatic Tag|
|NCVT1EP||Non-Contact Voltage Tester (Econo. Pack - Bubble Bag)|
|NCVT1A||Non-Contact Voltage Tester (Asian Packaging)|
|NCVT1E||Non-Contact Voltage Tester (European Packaging)|
|69149||KIT, 3PC, Multimeter Test Kit (Retail Clam Shell)|
|80018||KIT, 4PC, Residential Electrical Tool Kit (Poly-Bag & UPC Label)|
|80023||KIT, 3PC, Home Inspector Moisture Meter Kit, (Poly-Bag & UPC Label)|
|MPZ00001||KIT, 2PC, Pliers + NCVT1 Tester (Clam Shell)|
|MPZ00052R||KIT, 3PC, Stripper/Cutter + NCVT1 Tester + RT210 GFCI Tester (Retail Clam Shell)|
The Klein Tools electric meters have a yellow body and a tinted gray tip. The unit also has a black pocket clip and black battery cap found on the back of the unit. The meter’s part/model numbers are printed above the brand name KLEIN TOOLS located at the top of the unit. The date code may be found printed on the bottom of the tool and under the brand name. The meters are rated CAT IV, and are able to measure voltages up to 1,000 Volts.
Klein Tools is urging purchasers to immediately stop using the affected non-contact voltage testers and to contact Klein Tools for information about receiving a free replacement meter.
The product was available for sale at Home Depot stores, electrical wholesalers, industrial distributors, and hardware stores nationwide. The meters were sold from January 2020 until March 2021.
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