Extech Recalls Digital Clamp Meters, Multimeters

About 6,200 instruments sold between January 2008 and November 2010 are being recalled in the United States and Canada.

Extech Instruments Corp. has recalled about 6,200 digital clamp meters and multimeters in the United States and Canada after identifying a potential shock hazard. When their battery is very low, the instruments may display zero or very low voltage while the user is testing a live circuit with unsafe voltage, which creates a potential electrocution hazard, the company said. No injuries have been reported.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission posted a recall notice Dec. 14 that says 5,100 units are being recalled in the United States, and Health Canada's notice dated Dec. 16 said the recall affects about 1,077 units that were sold at industrial, electrical, HVAC, disaster restoration, and electronic distributors across Canada.

The recall affects selected EX612, EX613, EX622, and EX623 digital clamp meters and EX540, EX542, and EX570 multimeters. Instruments with serial numbers that begin with A are not affected.

Extech is asking owners to check their units' serial numbers; if they have one of the recalled units, they should immediately stop using it and return it at no charge for a free replacement instrument that will arrive in 7-10 days, according to the company. The meter's warranty period will restart beginning on the day the owner receives the replacement meter.

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