Note: Weil-McLain vent damper serial numbers changed; new sale dates and stores added. The contact phone number has also changed.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2008
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 742-8368
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm 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: Automatic Gas Vent Dampers
Units: About 45,000
Manufacturer: Effikal LLC, of Orion, Mich.
Hazard: The automatic gas vent damper could fail, and if the blocked vent switch does not activate, the vent could leak carbon monoxide (CO). This poses a risk of CO poisoning to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recall involves Effikal RVGP-PC Gas Vent Damper size 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 which are installed with the gas boiler systems listed below. The vent damper date code is located on a sticker under the motor assembly cap on the plastic base. Serial numbers are located on a label on the side of the damper's cap. All sizes and models of the RVGP-PC have the same motor assembly with black Effikal caps and black plastic bases.
|Manufacturer||Atmospheric Gas Boiler Models||Vent Damper Date Codes||Vent Damper Serial Numbers|
|Allied Engineering||MG, MS and SG Series||0728 through 0809||3588428 through 3687571|
|Burnham||Series 2b, Series 8h, and Independence
except Independence PV
|Crown||AWI, CWI and BSI Series||0728-0809||3588428-3687571|
|Hydro Therm||R/MR, VGA, VS and HW Series||0728-0809||3588428-3687571|
|Lochinvar||CBN Solution Series||0728-0809||3588428-3687571|
|Smith||GB and HW Series||0728-0809||3588428-3687571|
|New Yorker||CG and CGS Series||0728-0738||3588428-3647827|
|Peerless||MI, 63 and GM series||0728-0809||3588428-3687571|
Series V-181-260 and 182-261
|Union Steam||GWA and GSA||0728-0809||3588428-3687571|
|Weil-McLain||CGa, EG, and PFG Series||0728-0738||3538074-3647830|
|WilliamsonThermoflo||GWA and GSA s||0728-0738||3538074-3647830|
Sold by: Plumbing and heating wholesale distributors to plumbers and contractors nationwide from August 2007 through July 2008. Vent dampers were also sold by large home improvement stores as part of the gas boiler systems between August 2007 through January 2009 for between $1,000 and $4,000 for the boilers.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the boilers, weather permitting, and contact their installer to confirm they have a recalled vent damper and to receive a free vent damper replacement.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Effikal toll-free at (866) 790-3739, or visit the firm's Web site at www.effikal.com
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