September 17, 2009
Furnaces Recalled by Northwest Manufacturing Due to Fire Hazard
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: WoodMaster AFS 900 Outdoor Furnaces
Units: About 600
Distributor: Northwest Manufacturing Inc., of Red Lake Falls, Minn.
Hazard: The temperature gauge can fail and cause fire in the fuel storage hopper, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm is aware of 12 incidents of fire in the fuel storage hopper, three of which reported blisters and minor burns to the hands.
Description: This recall involves the WoodMaster AFS 900 outdoor furnace. The furnaces were sold in green, black, brown, camo, grey, red and taupe. The WoodMaster logo AND AFS900 are on the front.
Sold at: Authorized plumbing and heating stores nationwide and direct sales between July 2006 and February 2009 for about $6,000.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled furnaces immediately and contact Northwest Manufacturing to schedule a free repair. All known consumers have been notified.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Northwest Manufacturing at (800) 932-3629 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.AFS900recall.com
Note: CPSC acknowledges the assistance of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont State Fire Marshal’s Office.
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
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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