FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2002
PRODUCT: Gas Water Heaters - Bradford White Corporation, of Ambler, Pa., is voluntarily recalling 1,220 75-Gallon Power Vented Gas Water Heaters. The recalled water heaters are models: MIITW75T6EN12; MIITW75T6CX12; TW375S76E3N; and TW375S763X with serial number "YD" (all) through YE 1395234. The model and serial numbers are located on the heater rating plate and on the shipping carton label. Bradford White Corporation sold these water heaters to plumbing supply wholesalers from April 2002 to May 2002. The water heaters were manufactured in the United States.
PROBLEM: The water heater may have been fitted with incorrectly made flue gas baffles. These baffles may affect fuel combustion resulting in excessive carbon monoxide emissions, which can cause serious injuries and death.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: None reported.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers who purchased one of these water heaters should immediately contact their installing contractor or call Bradford White Technical Support at (800) 334-3393, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Internet site at www.bradfordwhite.com. Bradford White will confirm the status of the product. If involved, Bradford White will arrange for inspection (and replacement if necessary) of the flue baffle at no cost to the consumer.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product-related incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of injuries associated with consumer products over the past 50 years.
Federal law prohibits any person from selling products subject to a Commission ordered recall or a voluntary recall undertaken in consultation with the CPSC.