Fluke Corporation has identified a safety issue affecting certain Fluke T110, T130, and T150 Two-Pole Voltage Testers. As a precautionary measure, Fluke has decided to voluntarily recall all of these products and provide affected customers with new and improved equivalent replacement products.
It has been determined that certain Recalled Testers ( see table below) may experience premature failure of the interconnecting cable under cyclical bending stress. Recent experiments conducted by Fluke have shown a wide distribution in the number of cycles to failure exhibited by the Recalled Testers, meaning that certain Recalled Testers are subject to failure earlier than expected, leading to a useful life for certain of them that Fluke considers unacceptable.
Further, the cable may fail in an intermittent fashion where, depending on the cable flex orientation, it is possible for a Recalled Tester to pass a self check continuity test or validation on a known voltage source, while subsequent tests may display a false negative.
A false negative may lead to electric shock or arc flash from subsequent user actions as a result of the false negative indication, which may lead to injury or even death. Because of this risk, please communicate to your customers to IMMEDIATELY STOP using thier T-Pole Voltage Tester(s) and ask them to follow the recall instructions outlined in the actions section below.
The T90 is NOT impacted by this recall. In addition, all T110, T130, and T150 T-Pole Voltage Testers shipped from Fluke after August 28th, 2018 and with serial numbers greater than those specified in the last column above are NOT impacted by this recall.
The Fluke R&D, Quality, and Safety teams have qualified a new cable to be used in the T-Pole Testers, which makes them more robust. In addition, they have now implemented additional improvements to the strain relief complementing the cable strength. Testing of these new changes has shown improvements in cable cycle performance. As of August 28th, 2018, these improvements have been implemented into production of the T-Pole Tester product family.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
Fluke have set up a web site containing all relevant information; www.fluke.co.uk/tpt-recall . This web site has been prepared to answer any questions you may have regarding this voluntary recall