Release # 88-091  

WASHINGTON, DC - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Circuit Protection Division of Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. of Alpharetta, Georgia is voluntarily offering free inspection and correction of certain of its I-T-E brand circuit-breaker boxes (load centers) installed between September 1986 and May 1987.

Siemens is extending a program begun in November 1986 when it discovered that some of the circuit-breaker boxes were manufactured using components of an incorrect material, which could cause overheating and malfunction.

The involved ITE circuit-breaker boxes, or "load centers" can be identified by a five digit code marked on the top of the wiring diagram label inside the door which is opened to reset the circuit breakers. The specific date codes involved are as follows:

- H2586-H3186 (H = August, days 25 through 31, 86 = year)

- J0186-J3086 (J = September, days I through 30, 86 = year)

- K0186-K2486 (K = October, days I through 24, 86 = year)

- Example: A product manufactured on September 24, 1986 bears the code J2486.

Anyone locating such a load center which does not have an "inspected lugs" sticker should call Siemens at 1-800-241-3138 to arrange for free professional inspection of the unit. If the wiring diagram label has an "inspected lugs" stamp, the load center has already been inspected and corrected if necessary.