Klein Tools has recalled more than 1.7 million Non-Contact Voltage Testers in the United States and Canada because they pose the risk of electric shock. According to a report in Miami Herald, the on/off button can remain depressed during the power on or power off cycle causing the tester to work improperly.
Such a device malfunction could result in a serious electrocution accident.
Details of the Recall
Consumers testing electrical sources could fail to be warned of the presence of live current if the tester is not working properly and this could pose a shock hazard to users. An alert posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states Klein knows of two incidents of the tester malfunctioning, one of which led to the user suffering an electrical shock injury.
The recall covers model NCVT-1 with date codes ending in H7. They were sold individually for $16.97 and as part of kits that ranged from $39.97 to $67.42. If you have one of these voltage testers, CPSC recommends that you stop using it right away and contact Klein Tools for a free replacement. For more information, call Klein Tools at 800-527-3099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electric Shock Injuries
Burns are the most common injuries that can occur when someone experiences an electrical shock. Depending on the voltage of the electrical current that delivers a shock, an individual might experience wounds to the skin surface, moderate burns that cause tissue damage, or internal burns that could affect the organs. If the heart is affected, the incident could even prove fatal.
When it comes to incidents involving electrical shock, nerve damage is quite common. This type of injury could potentially impair muscle function as well as the ability to feel sensations such as hot or cold. Another serious injury that could result from electrical shock is ventricular fibrillation. This could require the person to get treatment through a defibrillator to get the heart muscles moving again.
Product Liability Issues
Electrical shock could be suffered as a result of defective household products ranging from power tools to electrical appliances. If you have been injured as the result of a dangerous or defective product, you may be able to seek compensation from the product manufacturer by filing a product liability lawsuit.
You may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to hold the negligent manufacturers accountable and help you secure fair and full compensation for your losses.