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Recall of the Week: Carrier packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps due to fire hazard

CarrierPTACPTHPunitCarrier is recalling about 285,000 packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps. About 185,000 were recalled in November 2007.

The power cord plug can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Carrier has received reports of about 47 incidents of overheating. Two of them were hotel fires. One fire involved a consumer suffering burns and smoke inhalation. The other incidents involved scorched or melted cord heads or wall outlets with no injuries reported.

This recall involves packaged terminal air conditioners and packaged terminal heat pumps sold under the Bryant, Carrier, and Fast brand names. Recalled units include those with original power cords and those that received a supplemental power cord as part of the 2007 recall.

The recalled units have capacities of 7,000; 9,000; 12,000, and 15,000 BTUs and plug into 208/230 volt, 20 amp outlets. The following brands and eight models are being recalled:

  • Carrier models 52CE, 52CQ, 52PE and 52PQ
  • Bryant models 840 and 841
  • Fast models 840 and 841

Model and serial numbers are located on the ratings/data plate on the right front of the unit, underneath the removable front panel. A list of the serial numbers being recalled is available by calling Carrier or at www.carrier.com.

The units were sold at HVAC dealers and factory-direct sales from January 2002 through December 2009 for between $425 and $675.

Consumers should stop using and unplug the recalled units, and contact Carrier to receive a free replacement cord, the company and commission advise.

For more information, call Carrier at 800-761-8492 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit www.carrier.com and click on Important Product Safety Recall.

For information on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2015, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist
 

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