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Southwire branded 12/2 gauge coiled, pre-cut red electrical wire recalled due to fire hazard

Recall Information
Health Canada – RA-74355

This recall involves Southwire branded coiled, pre-cut red electrical wire sold in shrink wrap which features a red, white and blue repeating banner reading “Romex SIMpull” at the top and indicating in larger print the wire gauge measurement of 12/2 and wire length of 30 metres (98.4 feet). This product is used primarily for wiring baseboard heaters and water heaters.

The model number of the product is 47230831, the UPC number is 032886002069 and the batch numbers are 608187 and 608177.

The cord itself is stamped with the following: “LL90458 F CSA 14 AWG CU 2 CDRS RED-BLACK NMD90 NYLON ROMEX{R} BRAND SIMpull{TM} (-25{D}C) 300 VOLTS FT1 PAT www.patentSW.com”.

Hazard identified: The product’s shrink wrap features a red, white and blue repeating banner reading “Romex SIMpull” and indicating in larger print a wire gauge measurement of 12/2 (12-gauge), which is inaccurate. The product’s shrink wrap should read a wire gauge measurement of 14/2 (14-gauge). While the 14-gauge cord does have sufficient overhead capacity to handle the amperage associated with the 12-gauge wire indicated on the packaging, it lacks the additional overhead capacity of a 12-gauge wire to deal with potential surges or overloads. In the event that the 14-gauge wire is used in a 12-gauge application and is subjected to an overload point and all circuit protections fail, there is a risk of failure or overheating, possibly including a risk of fire.

As of November 13, 2020, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.

Number sold: The company reported that 1421 units of the affected product were sold in Canada.

Time period sold: The affected product was sold from August 2020 to September 2020.

For more information, please visit:  https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2020/74355r-eng.php

 

 

 

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