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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 742-2401
January 24, 2005
Release # 05-090
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the manufacturer named below, today announced voluntary recalls of the following consumer product. Consumers should immediately turn off or unplug the air cleaner.
Product: Aprilaire Electronic Air Cleaners
Units: About 67,000
Manufacturer: Research Products Corp., of Madison, Wis.
Hazard: The air cleaner's plastic inner housing and filter are not flame-resistant. If electrical arcing occurs in the cleaner, a fire can develop. This poses a risk of burn injuries and property damage.
Incidents/Injuries: Research Products has received six reports of fires involving these air cleaners. No injuries were reported.
Description: The recall involves all Aprilaire Model 5000 Electronic Air Cleaners. The air cleaners are almond colored, and located near the heating and cooling equipment. An identification label on the access door reads "Aprilaire Model 5000."
Sold by: Independent HVAC dealers nationwide from June 2000 through December 2004 for an installed price of about $800.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off the unit or unplug it. Consumers also should contact Research Products Corp. to receive a free repair kit containing the flame-retardant inner housing and filter.
Consumer Contact: For more information, call Research Products Corp. toll-free at (888) 742-2401 between between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers also can visit the firm's Web site at www.aprilaire.com (pdf).
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.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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