Defective Voltage Detectors Recalled by Southwire Company
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Defective Voltage Detectors Recalled by Southwire Company

About 1.2 million voltage detectors are potentially dangerous

June 2, 2016

The Southwire Company has announced a recall for a piece of equipment that poses a hazard to consumers.

The manufacturer is recalling about 1.2 million of its non-contact voltage detectors, models 40110N and 40120N. The voltage detectors can give a false "no voltage" reading when being used to test live wires for electric current, posing shock, electrocution, and burn hazards.

Southwire is aware of one report of an incident of a false reading by the voltage detector. The consumer received an electrical shock and fell off a ladder.

The recalled voltage detectors are cylindrical shaped, about six inches long and about two inches in circumference. They are brownish-gold in color with a black center insert. Southwire, the model number, and the CE and UL listing symbols are printed on the voltage detectors. They have red LED lights to indicate the presence of live electric current.

Customers could purchase the recalled items at Lowe's and other home and hardware stores nationwide and online at and other websites from June 2013 through February 2016 for about $15.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled voltage detectors and contact Southwire for instructions on returning them for a free replacement.

Individuals with questions about this recall can contact Southwire at (855) 798-6657.