Klein Tools is recalling about 1,690,000 non-contact voltage tester model NCVT-1 due to a shock hazard.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the on/off button can remain depressed during the power on or power off cycle, causing the tester to work improperly. Consumers testing electrical sources could fail to be warned of the presence of live voltage if the tester is not properly operating, posing a shock hazard to the users.
This recall involves Klein Tools Non-Contact Voltage Testers with model numbers NCVT1 and date codes ending H7. The product was also sold separately and in kits. The following model numbers are involved in the recall, all bearing date codes ending in H7.
|Model Number||Description||Retail Price (U.S. $)|
|NCVT1||Non-Contact Voltage Tester||16.97|
|NCVT1SEN||Non-Contact Voltage Tester with Sensormatic Tag||16.97|
|NCVT1EP||Non-Contact Voltage Tester (Econo. Pack – Bubble Bag)
|NCVT1A||Non-Contact Voltage Tester (Asian Packaging)||16.97|
|NCVT1E||Non-Contact Voltage Tester (European Packaging)||16.97|
|69149||KIT, 3PC, Multimeter Test Kit (Retail Clam Shell)||39.97|
|80018||KIT, 4PC, Residential Electrical Tool Kit (Poly-Bag & UPC Label)||49.99|
|80023||KIT, 3PC, Home Inspector Moisture Meter Kit, (Poly-Bag & UPC Label)||59.99|
|MPZ00001||KIT, 2PC, Pliers + NCVT1 Tester (Clam Shell)||51.72|
|MPZ00052R||KIT, 3PC, Stripper/Cutter + NCVT1 Tester + RT210 GFCI Tester (Retail Clam Shell)||67.42|
The meters have a yellow body housing with a tinted gray tip and have a black pocket clip/battery cap on the back. The part/model numbers are written on the top of each unit above the brand name KLEIN TOOLS and date codes are printed on the bottom of the unit under the brand name. The product is rated CAT IV and measures voltage up to 1,000 Volts.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled non-contact voltage testers and contact Klein Tools for instructions on receiving a free replacement tool.
Klein Tools has received two reports of incidents of the voltage tester not working properly, including one shock injury.
The tester were sold at Home Depot stores and industrial distributors, electrical wholesalers and some hardware stores nationwide from January 2020 through March 2021 for about $17 (for units sold separately) and about $40-$68 (for kits).