Fluke has identified a potential safety issue affecting certain Fluke 83V, 87V and 88V Digital Multimeters (‘Fluke 8x V series DMMs’).
Fluke 8x V series DMMs in a certain serial number range may have plastic material intrusion in the COM input terminal. In rare cases, the plastic has sufficiently covered the wall of the input terminal such that it can inhibit proper contact.
This has been observed at specific orientations of the test lead plug within the input terminal when used with the “split core” TL75 test leads that shipped with certain regional variants of the product.
If using the Fluke 8x V series DMM for the purpose of confirming the absence of voltage this may result in a non-hazardous voltage reading when hazardous voltage is present, thereby creating a potential safety risk.
The importer has withdrawn the product from the market and informed all distributors to stop sale and return any affected.
Risk of electric shock due to false readings from product
Fluke state that:
“It has been determined that certain Recalled Testers 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. The
primary function of a T-Pole Tester is to detect the presence or
absence of voltage to determine whether it is safe to touch an
electrical installation and begin work.
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 IMMEDIATELY STOP using your T-Pole Tester”
What To Do
If you believe that you possess an affected product stop using it immediately and check the below webpage for further details and recall information