Recall: Programmable thermostats
On 2011-01-12, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Programmable thermostats due to a potential fire hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2005 for about $150.
About 200,000 units are involved in this White-Rodgers thermostat recall. Instance(s) of 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 Thermostats category in 2011.
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What is the problem?
The programmable thermostats constantly charge the backup AA batteries used to power the thermostat's clock. This can cause the batteries to leak, resulting in a fire hazard.
Instance(s) of property damage have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves all White-Rodgers programmable thermostats with model numbers 1F88-XXX and 1F85RF-275 and date codes beginning with 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 and 1001 through 1039. The model number is printed on the thermostat's front pull-down panel door. The date code is located inside the removable front cover. White-Rodgers and/or the utility company's name and logo are printed on the front of the thermostat. These thermostats were able to be controlled by power companies in homes that took part in energy demand reduction programs.
These items were also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1217
These items were sold new+ at More than 40 utility companies to consumers nationwide who took part in energy conservation programs and by various HVAC wholesalers for about $150.
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 remove the two AA batteries from the thermostat and contact White-Rodgers for a free repair kit. If battery removal causes changes in furnace operation, contact White-Rodgers.
For additional information, contact White-Rodgers toll-free at (888)624-1901 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firmâ€s website at www.regcen.com/Thermostat
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm is aware of three incidents involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
+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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