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Westinghouse, Broan Recalling Electric Motors For Powered Attic Ventilators

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Recall Date:
March 24, 1983

Recall Details

Release # 83-014  

Washington, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Broan Manufacturing Co., today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 16,000 electric motors supplied by Westinghouse for Broan Model 346 and Nautilus Model N346 attic ventilators. The ventilator motors which are miswired may, under certain conditions, overheat and cause fires.

The attic ventilators were sold nationwide through electric supply houses to builders and contractors and through home centers directly to consumers. The units were manufactured and sold after April 1978.

Owners should determine if they have a Broan or Nautilus roof-mounted powered attic ventilator. The ventilator can be identified from outside the house by the two foot diameter round beige plastic dome with either a Broan or Nautilus logo embossed in the top or from literature delivered with the products. If they have either model they should enter the attic to inspect the unit for model (series) 346 or N346 label on the thermostatic control or inside the dome.

The motors subject to recall have a Westinghouse sticker with the model number E322P159, and are painted gray. There are also 12 rectangular holes in the bottom of the motor. Only motors with the model number E322P159 and with SER*78 or SER*79 date codes stamped on the bottom (*is any letter of the alphabet) are affected by this recall.

The manufacturer has received one report of fire. No consumers have been injured.

Owners are asked to copy down the motor model number and date codes before calling the toll free number given below if they have one of the suspect ventilators in their homes.

Owners of the affected ventilators must disconnect or turn them off, and contact Westinghouse Electric Corporation on their toll-free number: 1-800-637-1453. A new motor will be supplied and installed by service personnel free of charge.

This recall affects only Broan Model 346 and Nautilus N346 powered attic ventilators using motors with the E322P159 number and no other Broan or Nautilus powered attic ventilators with Westinghouse or other motors.

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