On April 23, 2020, Melville, NY-based Leviton Manufacturing recalled about 98,000 electrical connectors because of mislabeled terminal markings. The 50-amp, non-NEMA electrical connectors, plugs, receptacles and inlets pose a shock hazard.
Leviton has received four reports of mismarked devices. One consumer received an electrical shock, and three others reported minor property damage.
According to the company, the ground, hot or neutral wire wells, or terminals were incorrectly marked. The terminal markings on the recalled devices are pad printed with white letters, to correspond with the wiring in 3 or 4 wire circuits. The manufacturing issue created a risk that voltage may be applied to the neutral (W) or ground (G) terminals.
The products were sold through the electrical distribution sales channel to the trade and OEMs from May 1, 2019 to December 9, 2019. The manufacturing issue was identified and corrected in December 2019.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, users should stop using the connectors immediately, disconnect power and contact Leviton to arrange for a replacement.
A full list of the recalled units is available here: https://www.leviton.com/en/support/recall-information
Leviton says it will support “reasonable labor charges” to inspect and replace installed devices.
The products were manufactured in Mexico. Here is a link to the inspection procedure: https://www.leviton.com/en/docs/50A-Device-Inspection-Procedure-CPSC.pdf