Venmar Ventilation is recalling about 108,000 air exchangers in the United States – with an additional 77,500 previously recalled in March 2007, December 2007, and June 2011 – and about 207,000 in Canada.
The motor in the air exchangers can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
Venmar Ventilation has received four new reports related to this recall expansion. In previous recalls, Venmar Ventilation reported 26 incidents, for a total of 30.
Out of these 30 incidents, five took place in the U.S. and 25 occurred in Canada. All incidents resulted in fires and more than $1.1 million in property damages. No injuries have been reported.
Air exchangers with heat recovery included in this recall were manufactured from January 2002 through May 2008 and have brand and model information written on a silver or black label on the outside panel.
Air exchangers without heat recovery were manufactured from January 2002 through July 2009 and have brand and model information printed on the unit's rating plate or imprinted on the side of the unit.
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The air exchangers with heat recovery were sold atheating, plumbing, and building supply distributors nationwide from January 2002 through May 2008 for between $700 and $2,500.
Air exchangers without heat recovery were sold at heating, plumbing, and building supply distributors nationwide from January 2002 through July 2009 for between $350 and $850.
Consumers should immediately turn off and stop using their air exchangers, the company and commission advise. Consumers should contact Venmar Ventilation to request a free inspection and repair by a Venmar field technician.
For more information, call Venmar Ventilation at 866-441-4645 anytime or visit www.venmar.ca and click on the Safety Upgrade Program link.