Boiler Recalls For Carbon Monoxide Hazard
Based on the possibility of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall order for specific units made by the U.S. Boiler Company Inc. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The company will also schedule free safety inspections and repairs.
With the large amount of hot water replacement boilers installed in Rockaway and Broad Channel after Sandy, homeowners and landlords are advised to check their units.
CPSC states that the problem with these gas-fired boilers is that “the air pressure switch can fail to shut down the burners when there is a blockage in the vent system, allowing the boiler to emit excessive amounts of carbon monoxide and posing a CO poisoning hazard to the consumer.”
“Consumers with recalled boilers,” the agency says, “should immediately contact the installer or distributor from whom they purchased the boiler or U.S. Boiler to schedule a free in-home safety inspection and repair. Consumers who continue use of the boilers while awaiting repair, should have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed outside of sleeping areas in the home.”
Consumers can contact U.S. Boiler, toll-free at 888-432-8887 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.
Or they can check online at www.usboiler.net and click on CPSC Product Recall Announcement for more information.
The recall covers about 26,000 units sold in the US and about 310 in Canada. It involves U.S. Boiler ESC, PVG and SCG model cast iron hot water boilers that use natural gas or liquid petroleum to heat water for residential space heating.
The units are light blue in color with black trim, about 40 inches tall, about 26 inches deep and range from 12 to 31 inches wide. The model name and U.S. Boiler logo are on the front cover of the boiler. The front cover of the boiler is vented.
The recalled boilers were manufactured between December 2005 and February 2013.
The model number, serial number and manufacturing date are located on a silver label on the top panel of ESC models and on the inside of PVG and SCG models on the right side panel. The manufacturing date appears in the upper right corner of the silver label.
The model numbers and serial number ranges included in the recall are ESC3 through ESC9:65249110 through 65382278/ PVG3_ P, PVG4_ P and PVG5 through PVG9: 64870666 through 65385748; 97939433 andSCG3 through SCG9: 35200197; 65283322 through 65858729
CPSC’s Consumer Information Hotline can be reached at 800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054) from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the United States more than $1 trillion a year.