FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 1, 1992

 

Release # 92-071

 

PRODUCT: Control switches on certain model Amana 208/230 volt room air conditioners distributed from June 1987 through October 1991.

PROBLEM: Control switch may overheat in the "off" position and cause a fire.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should have the switch replaced by an authorized Amana servicer. Call 1-800-262-3121 to find the nearest Amana service center.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Amana Refrigeration, Inc., of Amana, IA, is voluntarily recalling the control switches on certain models of its 208/230-volt room air conditioners. The switch may overheat in the "off" position and cause a fire.

CPSC was informed of this potential hazard by Amana Refrigeration, Inc. after Amana received notice from the control switch manufacturer that overheating could occur. Amana is aware of 14 switch failures with no reported injuries.

The affected room air conditioners were distributed by Amana nationwide from June 1987 through October 1991. Approximately 130,000 units were sold to consumers or remain in dealer inventory. The air conditioners sold for about $500 -$600 each. The serial numbers of the models included in the recall are:

Model No.

Mfg. No.

From

To

ES1123A

P6968407R

8707011078

8806126842

ES2183A

P9938605R

8709034615

8806086274

12C3A

P6968413R

8808061439

9105092687

12C3A

P6968419R

8810098399

8811057379

12C3A

P6968420R

8908098339

9011051971

12C3B

P1118108R

9106053390

9109199032

18C3SA

P9938613R

8810062411

9105078912


Amana has initiated a comprehensive replacement program for the switches. Any consumer with one of the affected room air conditioners should unplug the product and have the switch replaced by an authorized Amana servicer. Overheating cannot occur if the unit is unplugged.

Consumers should call 1-800-262-3121 to find their nearest Amana servicer or to have any questions answered. Amana is also notifying, by direct mail, owners of the affected air conditioners who submitted ownership registration cards.

The mission of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.