Recall: Heat Recovery Ventilators
On 2007-03-29, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Heat Recovery Ventilators due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 1991 for about $700.00 to $2500.00.
About 80,000 units are involved in this Venmar ventilator recall. Instance(s) of fires, major property damage have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Ventilators & Air Filters category in 2007.
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What is the problem?
The motors in these units can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Instance(s) of fires, major property damage have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
Heat Recovery Ventilators are designed to exchange air between the inside and outside of a home in order to provide fresh air. The recall covers units made from 1991 through 2001.
These items were sold new+ at Heating, plumbing and building supply distributors nationwide from January 1991 through December 2001 for between $700 and $2,500.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug their ventilators, and contact Venmar to receive instructions on how to participate in the recall. Venmar will provide a free safety device that will shut off the ventilator if the motor overheats.
For more information, contact Venmar Ventilation toll-free at (866) 441-4645 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.venmar.ca
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Venmar Ventilation has received four reports of ventilator motors overheating resulting in fires causing extensive property damage. One incident in Michigan reportedly resulted in about $1 million in damages.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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