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"Recall Alerts"

05-03-2004

Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor
palynch@cozen.com
http://www.cozen.com

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Standard Companies Announce Recall of Electric Heaters
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and CFM Corporation Announce Recall of Fireplace Remote Receivers
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and White-Rodgers Announce Recall of Gas Water Heater Temperature Controls


(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND AMERICAN STANDARD COMPANIES ANNOUNCE RECALL OF ELECTRIC HEATERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Standard Companies of Piscataway, New Jersey announce recall of "Trane" and "American Standard" brand accessory electric heaters. Hazard: Overheating of the wiring in the accessory heater can lead to wall thermostat fires.

Description: The 240 volt accessory heaters are used to provide supplemental heat in the heat pump or electric heating system. The accessory heater - model number BAYHTR1415BRKAC manufactured between April 14, 2003 and February 6, 2004 - is located inside the air handler cabinet usually found in the basement, attic, equipment closet or crawlspace of a consumer’s home. The horizontally or vertically installed air handler is a painted metal cabinet with the Trane or American Standard name plate on its front. Air handler model numbers are found on the outside of the air handler door. Consumers with one of the recalled units are being directly contacted by the independent dealer that installed it. If you had a Trane or American Standard heat pump or electric heating system installed between April, 2003 and February, 2004, and have not yet been contacted by your installer, write down your air handler model number and call your installer to see whether your air handler could contain a recalled heater. Your may also visit the firm’s Web sites to see whether your air handler could contain one of the recalled heaters and, if so, call your installer. To avoid electric shock, do not open the air handler door. Only a professional installer should open the air handler door to determine if you have a recalled accessory heater.

Remedy: Consumers who have not yet been contacted by independent dealers should immediately contact their installer to determine if they have a recalled unit. Consumers may arrange for a free inspection and repair through their installer.

Consumer Contact: Consumers should contact their local Trane or American Standard installer, or visit www.trane.com or www.americanstandardair.com for the name of an installer near them. Consumers can call the firm toll-free at (888) 556-0125 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday.

The CPSC release number is 04-122. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04122.html


(2) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND CFM CORPORATION ANNOUNCE RECALL OF FIREPLACE REMOTE RECEIVERS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and CFM Corporation of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada announce recall of Majestic Vermont Castings fireplace remote receivers.

Hazard: The circuit board can overheat and catch fire, posing a burn and fire hazard.

Description: Majestic Vermont Castings fireplace remote receivers were sold with the HES40R and HES40 electric fireplaces/stoves and sold as accessory items for CFM DEF33/36, DEF36S2, Addision, DEF26, and HE32EF electric fireplaces and stoves. The recalled remote receivers have the words “Majestic Vermont Castings” on a label affixed to the face of the receiver. Model number ERX15 B can be found on the CSA approval sticker on the back of the remote receiver.

Remedy: Consumers who purchased an ERC1 remote receiver as an accessory to their fireplace should immediately unplug it and contact CFM Corporation for a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: Call CFM Corporation toll-free at (866) 757-6649 between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday or visit their Web site at www.cfmcorp.com

Media Contact: Matthew Hibbert at (905) 565-2923.

The CPSC release number is 04-127. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04127.html


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND WHITE-RODGERS ANNOUNCE RECALL OF GAS WATER HEATER TEMPERATURE CONTROLS

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and White-Rodgers, a division of Emerson Electric Co., of St. Louis, Missouri of LP and Convertible Gas Water Heater Temperature Controls. Hazard: The gas water heater controls can gradually open instead of snapping open to full flow, which can cause soot to build up on the water heater burner, presenting a fire hazard.

Description: The temperature control is a small metal box located above the access panel door of the gas water heater. A white label with red lettering located on the right side of the control contains one of the following model numbers: 37C55U 658, 37C57U 602, 37C72U 520, 37C72U 546, 37C72U 547, or 37C72U 548, and 37C72U 676. There should be a four- digit metal stamped date code located below the label on the right side of the control. Recalled controls will have date codes 0240 to 0329 (40th week of 2002 to 29th week of 2003). Potentially affected gas water heaters include: AO Smith, Apollo, Crosley, Energysense, Freedom, Intertherm, Kenmore, Maytag, Mission, Myers, Penfield, President, Reliance, Sentry, or State. Beginning serial numbers on these gas water heaters can be checked at www.regcen.com/tempcontrolrecall

Remedy: Contact White-Rodgers to arrange for a qualified service technician to replace the recalled control free of charge.

Consumer Contact: Call White-Rodgers Special Project Office at (800) 426-3579 or visit their web site at www.regcen.com/tempcontrolrecall

The CPSC release number is 04-128. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04128.html

DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

Mr. Lynch can be reached at Cozen and O'Connor, 501 West Broadway, Suite 1610, San Diego, California 92101, 800-782-3366 (voice), 619-234-7831 (fax), palynch@cozen.com (e-mail), http://www.cozen.com. Follow us on Twitter at @firesandrain.

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