Single Meter Sockets Recalled Due to Fire, Electrocution Hazards

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Milbank Manufacturing Co., of Kansas City, Mo., has announced a voluntary recall of the Single Meter Sockets. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Manufactured in the United States, approximately 1,400 units are affected and were sold at electrical supply distributors in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and at local hardware stores in New York from May 2009 through August 2009 for about $70. A short may occur while in use due to an incorrect bridge installed in the product, to which the meter clips are attached. If the manufacturing defect exists, all metal parts of the meter could create a shock or burns can occur if the cover is off and the meter socket is energized.

Three incidents have been reported of the unit shorting out. No injuries were reported.

The single meter 200 amp/4 terminal sockets are used for underground utility meter installations. The meter socket is 20 3/4 inches high by 9 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep with 1 meter position. It is used by the approving utility to mount their electric meter to measure how much electricity a residence uses. It can be used for an underground residential application. The recalled model number 9090 appears on the right or left side of the installed meter socket. If not installed, model numbers U9090-O or R9090-O will appear on the label on the outside of the box.

Consumers should stop using the recalled product immediately and contact the electrical supply contractor who installed the sockets. Contractors will contact Milbank Manufacturing for a replacement or reimbursement. Milbank will contact all distributors and stores where the recalled product was sold. For more information, go to www.milbankmfg.com.

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