Manufacturer recalls Cat 5e riser cable for non-compliance

Pan-Asia Cable's Eagle Aspen 80 branded cable contains insufficient fire-retardant materials, carries the UL mark although it is unauthorized to do so, and was sold in the United States.

Pan-Asia Cable Limited issued a notice on September 7 letting purchasers of its cables know that certain riser cables "may be absent key fire retardant elements," and as a result not exhibit the fire-resistance performance levels that would merit a riser rating.

"Customers are asked to stop using it," the company said. "Customers may either return to place of purchase or contact Pan-Asia Cable Limited for a free replacement." Pan-Asia Cable Limited is located at Shenghui Southern Industrial Area, Nantou Town, Zhongshan City, Guangdon Province, China.

The cable manufacturer further stated, "Although these products are marked with the UL marks, they do not comply with Underwriters Laboratories Inc. [UL] safety requirements and are not authorized to bear the UL marks."

The cables for which the notification was sent are red in color and are marked as follows:

EAGLE ASPEN 80 CAT5E TESTED UP TO 350MHZ 4PR 24AWG TYPE CMR 75 (UL) C(UL) E 245025 VERIFIED TO TIA/569.B.2 07/49

The notification indicates the cables were sold in the United States.

Visit Pan-Asia Cable's website for contact information.

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