Single Meter Sockets May Cause Fire and Electrocution Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Milbank Manufacturing recently announced a voluntary recall of single meter sockets

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Kansas City-based Milbank Manufacturing recently announced a voluntary recall of the company's single meter sockets The single meter 200A/four-terminal sockets are used for underground utility meter installations. It is used by the approving utility to mount its electric meter to measure how much electricity a residence uses. It also can be used for an underground residential applications. 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.

A short may occur while sockets are in use due to an incorrect bridge, 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 have been reported. The units were sold by 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.

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 additional information, contact Milbank Manufacturing’s sales engineer toll free at (888) 537-0881 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CST Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s Web site.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Contact CPSC through its Web site. The recall notice, which includes photos of the product, is available on the CPSC Web site.

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