On June 16th, 2022, Schneider Electric issued a recall on over 1.4 million electrical panels due to the high risk of thermal burn and fire hazards. These panels are branded under the name Square D. These panels are commonly known and referred to in the industry as Plug-on-neutral load centers, load centers, breaker boxes, and electrical panels. Schneider Electric is recommending having a licensed electrician repair or replace. Additionally, this recall notice states there are approximately 289,000 units that were sold in Canada.
The recall includes both outdoor and indoor load centers. Square D QO Plug-on neutral load centers that are part of this recall were manufactured between February 2020 and January 2022, with date codes between 200561 and 220233. These panels were installed in homes, recreational vehicles, and commercial properties.
Outdoor rated load centers will have the manufacturing date codes printed on the inside of the cover, door of the unit, or the box itself.
For indoor load centers, a qualified contractor can locate the interior date codes that are not visible to the homeowner.
Circuit breaker boxes with covers that were manufactured between December 2019 and March 2022 are also included in this recall.
If your panel is determined to fall under this recall Schneider Electric will arrange to have these recalled load centers and circuit breaker boxes evaluated by a licensed electrician to determine if replacement or repair is required.
To read the complete announcement from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission please click here.
If you need assistance with identifying if your panel or circuit breaker box is part of this recall call Main Inspections today to set up an appointment for inspection. We can be reached by phone or text at 253-279-3525 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This image shows examples of Square D load centers that may be subject to the recall. Image credits: the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission