|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2005
|DESA Recall Hotline: (866) 279-3225
DESA Media Contact: (270) 745-7930
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms 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: "Vanguard" and "FMI" Compact Fireplaces
Manufacturer: DESA Heating Products, of Bowling Green, Ky.
Hazard: The burner tube connection to the gas valve can leak gas when the main burner is on. This leaking gas can ignite, causing a minor flare-up, which could cause nearby combustibles to ignite.
Incidents/Injuries: DESA has received one report of a minor flare-up of the fireplace. DESA has received no reports of personal injury or property damage.
Description: The recall includes DESA Heating Products 10,000 Btu Thermostatically Controlled Compact Classic Hearth Fireplaces that burn propane or natural gas. They have the following model names and number: Vanguard (VMH10TPC & VMH10TNC) and FMI (EFS10TPA & EFS10TNA). They have serial numbers between 015200000 and 017400000. The model and serial numbers are on the end of the shipping carton and on the model data tags inside the lower access door of the compact fireplaces.
Sold at: Hearth shops, central heat and air conditioning retailers and gas suppliers nationwide from April 2004 through June 2005 for between $639 and $912.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should stop using this fireplace immediately and contact your retailer to schedule a free repair. If consumers have any questions concerning this recall, they should contact their local retailer or DESA.
Consumer Contact: Contact DESA toll-free at (866) 279-3225 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the DESA Web site at www.desatech.com
SAMPLE MODEL DATA TAG
(inside Lower Access Door)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product 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 deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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