UL Warns of Potential Electric Shock Hazard with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)

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Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

Summary Statement

Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) Rated 15 or 20 Amps, 125 volts manufactured between Jan. and August 2003 poses an electric shock hazard.

(SafetyAlerts) Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) notifies consumers, electricians, contractors and manufacturers that the GFCI described below does not meet current UL requirements and may pose a fire or electric shock hazard to users. UL encourages users to stop using the GFCI immediately and return it to the place of purchase. This information below supersedes UL's Sept. 16, 2003 public notice.

Name of product: Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Rated 15 or 20 Amps, 125 volts.

Units: More than 135,000.

Manufacturer: Shanghai Meihao Electric, Inc of Shanghai, China. The GFCIs are sold under the product name of The Designers Edge, People International Business Inc., Preferred Industries and USI Electric, Inc. UL believes the product may have been sold under other names as well.

Date of manufacture: January 2003 to August 2003.

Hazard: The GFCI may not trip when a ground fault is present, resulting in a risk of electric shock. The GFCI may pose a fire hazard when subjected to a voltage surge commonly associated with a lightning strike.


On the GFCI: There will be a File Number and the date code "2003 X," with the "X" representing a number from 1 to 30. Checking the file number and date code is the best way to determine if the product in your home is subject to this public notice.

On the packaging: The Company Name and Part Number (see below)

Company Name File Number Part Number
Preferred Industries E220379 GFCILO-15, GFCILO-20
Shanghai Meihao Electric, Inc E220379 MH15, MH20, MH20B
People International E220379 LT15, LT20
The Designers Edge E178961 L-3200, L-3202
USI Electric Inc. E197052 GF-715X, GF-716X, GF-720X, GF-721X series ICON-8158 and ICON-8208, USI-91XX and USI-92XX series (X will equal any number 0-9)

The UL Listing Mark and the UL Mark for Canada may appear on the product and packaging. The UL Listing Mark and UL Mark for Canada is not authorized and the product is not considered Listed by UL or, its affiliate, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC).

Consumer Contact:

Shanghai Meihao
Electric, Inc.
58 Shane Road
Jiangqiao Town
Jiading Borough
Shanghai China
Tel: +86 021-59143130
Fax: + 86 021-59143700
The Designers Edge 11730 N.E. 12th Street
Bellevue, WA
Tel: +1-425-637-9601
Fax: +1-425-637-9603
People International
Business Inc.
Suite #300
12304 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Preferred Industries 2001 NW 25th Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Tel: +1-954-972-9833  
USI Electric, Inc. 7-A, Gwynns Mill Court
Owings Mills, MD, 21117
Tel: +1-800-390-4321
Fax: +1-410-363-2218

Sold at: Electrical distributors and home centers since January 2003.

Remedy: If you believe that you may have a GFCI identified in this notice, return it to the place of purchase. If the GFCI is already installed in your home, stop using it immediately, contact a qualified electrician to verify the marking and date code, and have it replaced with a similarly rated UL Listed GFCI.

For technical inquiries from manufacturers, retailers, distributors and inspection authorities, please contact: Donald Ackerman, Field Reports Department, Tel: +1-847-664-2907 E-mail: Donald.H.Ackerman@us.ul.com.

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