Recall date: January 12, 2011
Recall number: 11-096

Recall Summary

Hazard:
"The programmable thermostats constantly charge the backup AA batteries used to power the thermostat’s clock. This can cause the batteries to leak, resulting in a fire hazard."
Remedy:
Repair

Recall Details Report an Incident Involving this Product

In Conjunction With:
Units:
"About 180,000 in the United States and 8,300 in Canada"
Description:
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This recall involves all White-Rodgers programmable thermostats with model numbers 1F88-XXX and 1F85RF-275 and date codes beginning with 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 and 1001 through 1039. The model number is printed on the thermostat’s front pull-down panel door. The date code is located inside the removable front cover. White-Rodgers and/or the utility company’s name and logo are printed on the front of the thermostat. These thermostats were able to be controlled by power companies in homes that took part in energy demand reduction programs.

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Incidents/Injuries:

The firm is aware of three incidents involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

 
Remedy:
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Consumers should immediately remove the two AA batteries from the thermostat and contact White-Rodgers for a free repair kit. If battery removal causes changes in furnace operation, contact White-Rodgers.

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Distributed By:

More than 40 utility companies to consumers nationwide who took part in energy conservation programs and by various HVAC wholesalers for about $150.

Manufacturer(s):
White-Rodgers of St. Louis, Mo.
Manufactured In:
China