Gas Vent Dampers Recalled by Effikal Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued October 9, 2008
Last Revised June 02, 2009
Release #09-008

Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 790-3739
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Note: Weil-McLain vent damper serial numbers changed; new sale dates and stores added.

Gas Vent Dampers Recalled by Effikal Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard

 

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: Automatic Gas Vent Dampers

Units: About 45,000

Manufacturer: Effikal LLC, of Orion, Mich.

Hazard: The automatic gas vent damper could fail, and if the blocked vent switch does not activate, the vent could leak carbon monoxide (CO). This poses a risk of CO poisoning to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves Effikal RVGP-PC Gas Vent Damper size 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 which are installed with the gas boiler systems listed below. The vent damper date code is located on a sticker under the motor assembly cap on the plastic base. Serial numbers are located on a label on the side of the damper’s cap. All sizes and models of the RVGP-PC have the same motor assembly with black Effikal caps and black plastic bases.

ManufacturerAtmospheric Gas Boiler ModelsVent Damper Date CodesVent Damper Serial Numbers
Allied Engineering MG, MS and SG Series 0728 through 0809 3588428 through 3687571
Burnham Series 2b, Series 8h, and Independence
except Independence PV
0728-0738 3588428-3647820
Crown AWI, CWI and BSI Series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Hydro Therm R/MR, VGA, VS and HW Series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Laars JV Series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Lochinvar CBN Solution Series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
RBI Spectrum Series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Smith GB and HW Series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
New Yorker CG and CGS Series 0728-0738 3588428-3647827
Peerless MI, 63 and GM series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Raypak Series XV-42—180
Series V-181—260 and 182—261
Series VII-133
0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Union Steam GWA and GSA 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Weil-McLain CGa, EG, and PFG Series 0728-0738 3538074-3647830
WilliamsonThermoflo GWA and GSA s 0728-0738 3538074-3647830

Sold by: Plumbing and heating wholesale distributors to plumbers and contractors nationwide from August 2007 through July 2008. Vent dampers were also sold by large home improvement stores as part of the gas boiler systems between August 2007 through January 2009 for between $1,000 and $4,000 for the boilers.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the boilers, weather permitting, and contact their installer to confirm they have a recalled vent damper and to receive a free vent damper replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Effikal toll-free at (866) 790-3739, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.effikal.com


Picture of Recalled Effikal Automatic Gas Vent Damper

Picture of Recalled Effikal Automatic Gas Vent Damper