Scary Stories: counterfeit circuit breakers, collapsing patio chairs

CircuitbreakerEven on Halloween, a house shouldn’t be so scary that your circuit breaker fails to trip when it’s supposed to (because it’s counterfeit!) and your patio chair collapses beneath you.

And so that’s why these products, both made in China (are you shocked?), have been recalled, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The counterfeit circuit breakers are black and labeled "Square D." Sixty-four thousand of these were sold in hardware stores nationwide between February 2005 and August 2006, distributed by Connecticut Electric of Puyallup, Wash.

You can check out the product model numbers here.

For more information, call Connecticut Electric at (866) 264-3702, or visit the company’s website at

Out on the patio, your chair may collapse if it was one of 40,000 sets sold by Target. The chair can collapse when weight is applied to the front end of the arm rests, which is pretty much where you’d apply pressure if you were getting in or out of the chair, so those sitting stock still would be fine. For those daring souls who did put pressure on the front of the armrests, Target reports 35 collapses resulting in 18 injuries such as bruising to the back, hips, shoulders, arms and finger lacerations.

The set, which sold for $130, consists of a table, an umbrella and four chairs. The chairs and the umbrella have a black aluminum frame covered with beige fabric. They were sold between November 2006 through July 2007.

For more information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680, or visit the firm’s website at