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Recall of the Week: Fu San Machinery low lead ball valves installed in flammable gas lines due to fire and explosion hazards

Fu San Machinery Co. Ltd. Is recalling about 163,000 low lead ball valve/shut-off gas valves.

Valve Logo

The valves can crack and cause gas to leak, which poses fire and explosion hazards, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. No incidents/ or injuries have been reported.

Valve Low Lead

This recall involves seven brands of sweat and threaded, low lead ball valves used in flammable gas piping systems in commercial or residential settings. They’re brass shut-off valves assembled with pipe lines of 3/4 inch and 1 inch and have a date code 1103 through 1112, in the YYMM format.

Valv Date

The date code is located under the valve handle. The pipe size is marked on the body of the valve. Fu San's logo and the "O" marking designated for low lead valves are marked on the valves' neck under the handle. The word "Taiwan" appears on the handle as a country of origin marking.

The brand names are Aqualine, AY McDonald, FNW, Hodes Co., Legend, Leonard Valve, and Mueller. Click here to see the model numbers of the recalled valves.

Manufactured in Taiwan, the valves were sold to seven distributors by Fu San Machinery nationwide from April 2011 through January 2012 for between $13 and $20.

Consumers should turn off the gas supply until a replacement gas valve has been professionally installed, the company and commission advise. Consumers should contact Danville Sales. On behalf of Fu San Machinery, Danville Sales will provide $300 to reimburse customers for costs incurred to remove and return the valve and for purchasing and installing a replacement valve.

The valve should be returned to the Danville Sales Office with a photo showing the valve in the gas line before removal and showing the date code on the valve, along with the address and details of the location where the valve was installed.

The requested information, the recalled valve, and the consumer name and address should be sent to the address in the paragraph below. When the information is received, Fu San will reimburse $300 to customers.

To contact the company, write Danville Sales Office for Fu San Machinery, 1101 N. Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034; call 855-779-9200 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday; or go to www.fsvalve.com.tw, then click on the Safety Recall Notice.

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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