Recall: Electrical Wire Splices (also known as Butt Splice Connectors)
On 2008-08-20, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Electrical Wire Splices (also known as Butt Splice Connectors) due to a potential fire and electric shock hazard. This product sold new beginning in June 2005 for about $1.00 to $5.00.
About 50,000 units are involved in this Gardner electrical wire splice recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Wire & Wire-Related category in 2008.
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What is the problem?
When crimped, the splice can fail to hold the wires adequately together, posing a shock and fire hazard to consumers.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The recalled butt splices are used to connect electrical wires to one another. They are typically used for wiring small electrical appliances, like audio equipment, or in automotive applications. The splices are yellow insulated vinyl and measure about one inch long and ' inch wide. They were intended for use with 12-10 AWG wire. 12-10 is stamped on the side of the splices. Model numbers 10-126, or 21-126, and Gardner Bender are printed on the product's packaging. They were sold in packages of 8 or 50.
These items were sold new+ at Electrical distributors, hardware stores, and home centers nationwide from June 2005 through April 2008 for between $1 and $5.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using products that contain the recalled butt splices and contact the firm for free replacement splices.
For additional information, contact Gardner Bender at (800) 624-4320 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.gardnerbender.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Gardner Bender has received one report of a recalled butt splice failing to hold wires together. No injuries have been reported.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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