|May 28, 2008
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: IntelliSwitch Fireplace Wall Controls
Units: About 22,000
Manufacturer (Fireplace): Hearth & Home Technologies Inc., of Lakeville, Minn.
Manufacturer (Wall Controls): Nortech Systems Inc., of Wayzata, Minn.
Hazard: Failure in the wall control system can cause the fireplace to turn on by itself creating a risk of property damage. If the control fails and the consumer has left combustible objects directly in front of an unattended fireplace, there may also be a risk of fire.
Incidents/Injuries: Hearth & Home has received 13 reports of a fireplace turning itself on and continuing to operate, including two reports of minor property damage caused by high temperature. No fires or injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves WSK-300 IntelliSwitch Fireplace Wall Controls sold with Heat & Glo gas direct vent fireplaces with the following model & serial numbers:
|Model Number||Sales period||All serial numbers up to|
|6000GLX-IPI-S||January 2007 to January 22, 2008||0021279289|
|6000GLX-IPILP-S||January 2007 to January 22, 2008||0021279322|
|6000GLX-IPI-R||January 2007 to January 28, 2008||0021281203|
|6000GLX-IPILP-R||January 2007 to January 22, 2008||0021279291|
|Cerona 36||January 2007 to January 22, 2008||0021279592|
|Cerona 42||January 2007 to January 23, 2008||0021279097|
The fireplaces have a serial plate located on the floor, right hand side, of the fireplace control compartment. The model code, serial number, and date of manufacture are on this plate.
The recall also includes the following wall controls sold separately:
|Wall Control Model Number||Sales period||All serial numbers|
|Heat & Glo WSK-300-HNG||January 2007 to December 2007||None|
|Heatilator WSK-300-HTL||June 2007 to December 2007||None|
|Quadra-Fire WSK-300-QF||November 2007 to December 2007||None|
Sold by: Fireplace stores and distributors nationwide from January 2007 through February 2008 for between $2,800 and $3,500. Individual wall controls were sold by fireplace stores, distributors, and installers from January 2007 through February 2008 for $180.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should disable the fireplace until the repair is performed if they will be away from their residence for an extended period of time. Retailers are contacting consumers directly to inform them about the retrofit program and provide instructions on disabling the fireplace. Hearth & Home Technologies will send consumers a free replacement wall control panel for installation by the consumer or trained technician. Consumers not contacted by their retailer should contact Hearth & Home Technologies.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Hearth & Home Technologies at (800) 215-5152 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.heatnglo.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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