|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2008
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 880-4661
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
A.O. Smith Recalls Gas Water Heaters Due to Fire and Carbon Monoxide Hazards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Natural and Propane Gas Water Heaters
Units: About 1,500
Manufacturer: A.O. Smith Water Products Co., of Ashland City, Tenn.
Hazard: The water heater’s flue gas temperatures can exceed safe limits and produce excessive temperatures in the venting unit, posing a fire hazard. Also, the water heater’s exhaust can leak into the surrounding room, posing a carbon monoxide hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves 75 gallon natural and propane gas water heaters. “A.O. Smith” or “State” is printed on the side of the unit. A.O. Smith and State model and serial numbers included in this recall are listed in the chart below. Model and serial numbers are printed on the water heater’s rating plate.
|Brand Name||Model Number||Serial Number Ranges
||GS6 75 XRR S
||GS6 75 CRR S
Sold by: Independent contractors and plumbers nationwide from November 2007 through January 2008 for between $1,000 and $2,500.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water heater and contact A.O. Smith to arrange for a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact A.O. Smith toll-free at (866) 880-4661 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.hotwater.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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