U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
|Office of Information and Public Affairs
||Washington, DC 20207
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2001
Release # 02-020
| Water Heater Hotline: (800) 999-9515
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184
CPSC, American Water
Heater Co. Announce Recall to Replace Burners in Gas Water Heaters
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), the American Water Heater Co., of Johnson City, Tenn., is voluntarily
recalling about 16,000 gas-fired water heaters to replace the gas burners. The
burners could produce excess carbon monoxide (CO), posing a risk of CO poisoning
CPSC and the American Water Heater Co. have not received any reports of injuries
or incidents relating to these water heaters. This recall is being conducted to
prevent the possibility of injuries. The firm discovered the problem with the
burners on these water heaters during routine testing.
Only natural gas water heaters sold under the following brand names are included
in the recall: American Proline, Envirotemp, Mor-Flo, Powerflex, Premier Plus
and US Craftmaster. The serial number, located on the data plate on the front
of the water heater, starts with 0124 through 0127. The water heaters were sold
in both short and tall profiles, and have 30, 40, 50 and 75 gallon capacities.
Other model water heaters sold by the American Water Heater Co. are not included
in this recall.
Home center stores and contractors sold and installed these water heaters nationwide
from June 2001 through September 2001 for between $200 and $500.
Consumers should contact the American Water Heater Co. immediately to arrange
for a free repair. Contact the firm at (800) 999-9515 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
ET Monday through Friday, or between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. Consumers
also can reach the firm by fax at (800) 999- 5210 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.