Recall: Digital Clamp Meters From Extech

A joint recall from Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and Extech instructs consumers to call for a replacement of affected products.

A joint recall from Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC), and Extech involves digital clamp meters from Extech — with model numbers EX650, EX655, MA160, MA61, and MA63. These models are all AC/DC clamp meters, which are electrical testing devices that measure AC/DC voltage, resistance, capacitance, frequency, temperature, continuity, and diode.

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Extech digital clamp meter model EX 650

Serial numbers in the following format are included in the recall: R15XXXXXXX to R17XXXXXXX. Only serial numbers in this range are included in the recall. The “EXTECH” logo and the model number are printed on the front of the unit and the serial number on the back. The digital clamp meters are green and orange.

The following information is provided according to the CPSC (Recall Number 17-167).

Hazard: The meters can fail to give an accurate voltage reading, resulting in the operator falsely believing the electrical power is low or off, posing an electrocution hazard.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled digital clamp meters and contact Extech for a free replacement meter.

Incidents/Injuries: Extech received two reports of clamp meters displaying an incorrect voltage reading. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Grainger, Platt Electric Supply stores, and industrial and electrical distributors and wholesalers nationwide and online at and other websites from January 2016 through April 2017 for between $110 and $230.

Importer(s): FLIR Commercial Systems Inc., of Goleta, Calif., owner of Extech

Manufactured In: China

Shown here is Extech digital clamp meter model EX 650. To view all products involved in this recall, visit the CPSC website.