Product Recall Safety Notice:
QO™ Plug-on-Neutral Load Center
Schneider Electric Product Recall Safety Notice
Name Of Product:
Square™ D QO™ Plug-on-Neutral Load Centers, also known as, Load Centers, Breaker Boxes, Electrical Panels
The load center can overheat, posing thermal burn, and fire hazards.
June 16, 2022
This recall involves indoor, outdoor and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Square D QO Plug-On Neutral Load Centers that were installed in homes, recreational vehicles, or commercial establishments, including restaurants, manufacturing facilities and warehouses, commercial lighting and others. The circuit breaker boxes were sold in gray and come in various sizes (square and rectangular). The recalled circuit breaker boxes were manufactured between February 2020 and January 2022, with date codes between 200561 and 220233.
Where is the Data Code on a QO, QOB, or HOM Circuit Breaker?
Applies to QO(B) and HOM Circuit breakers
The method of showing the date code of QO and HOM breakers has varied somewhat over the years. The following explains the difference:
Older QO and HOM breakers:
The older method of displaying the date code involved using a 2-letter date code stamped in red ink on the small white label on the end of the breaker.
- The first letter indicates the month.
- The second letter indicates the year. The letters reset every 21 years, therefore the same letter can indicate multiple years. (Letters “I”, “O”, and “Q” are not used, and “Y” and “Z” were only used during certain years.)
- The complete list of this method is in document 0110PD9201. See page 2.
As an example, the picture shows a breaker with date code LW. Using the information at the above link, the breaker was manufactured in either November 1969 or November 1990.
Newer QO and HOM breakers:
The newer method of displaying the date code involves laser etching it into the front face of the breaker, near the toggle handle. It appears as 4-digit number and might have a single letter after the number.
- The first two letters indicate the year
- The second two letters indicate the week of that year (any following letter is not related to the date code)
As an example, the picture above shows a breaker with date code 0925. The breaker was manufactured during the 25th week of 2009
Newest version of Date Code:
Implemented the first week of August in 2016 (starting date code 16341), the date code on CAFI, GFI and DF breakers was changed to include a 5th digit. This is laser etched, like the example above. The 5th digit now included will indicate the day of the week the breaker was manufactured, with 1 = Monday and 7 = Sunday. Dual Function (DF) breakers also had a 6th final digit added to the end of the date code (letter “H”), but on 1/1/2017 the 6th digit was dropped, and the date code for DF breakers went back to 5 digits.
New AF and AFGF breakers:
Implemented the first week of Sept 2021, the date code on AF and AFGF breakers include a 5th digit. This is laser etched, like the example above. The 5th digit included will indicate the day of the week the breaker was manufactured, with 1 = Monday and 7 = Sunday.