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    Extech Recalls Digital Clamp Meters Due to Electrocution Hazard

  • May 25, 2017

    May 25, 2017 – Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Extech

    This recall involves AC/DC digital clamp meters that are used to measure AC/DC voltage, resistance, capacitance, frequency, temperature, continuity, and diode.


    The following models are included in this recall:
    Model Number Serial Number Date Code UPC Code  Certification File Number
    EX650 R15XXXXXXX 2015 793950396506 UL E201687
    EX655 R15XXXXXXX 2015 793950396551 UL E201687
    MA160 R17XXXXXXX 2016 793950316016 ETL 150112090GZU-002
    MA61 R15XXXXXXX 2015-2016 793950370612 ETL 150609099GZU-001
    MA63 R15XXXXXXX 2015-2016 793950370636 ETL 150609099GZU-001


    The model number can be found on the front of the unit and the serial number is on the back. Serial numbers ending with "A" are not included in the recall.

    Hazard Identified: The clamp meters input terminal screws can come loose which can fail to give accurate voltage readings, causing the user to falsely believe that the electrical power of the test subject is low or off, posing an electrocution hazard.

    As of May 17, 2017 the company has received no reports of incidents in Canada and no reports of injury. In the United States, the company has received two reports of the screw coming loose and no reports of injury.

    Number Sold: Approximately 21 units of the affected products were sold in Canada and approximately 800 were sold in the United States.

    Time Period Sold: The recalled products were sold from January 2016 to April 2017.

    Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled digital clamp meters and contact Extech for a free replacement meter.

    Incidents/Injuries: Extech received two reports of clamp meters displaying an incorrect voltage reading.  No injuries have been reported.

    Sold At: Grainger, Platt Electric Supply stores and industrial and electrical distributors and wholesalers nationwide and online at and other websites from January 2016 through April 2017 for between $110 and $230. 

    Importer(s): FLIR Commercial Systems Inc., of Goleta, Calif., owner of Extech

    Place of Origin: Manufactured in China.

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