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After more fires, York International again recalls its gas furnaces

Consumer Reports News: February 03, 2012 02:08 PM

York International is re-announcing the recall of some 226,000 Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T gas furnaces for manufactured homes due to more than 300 incident reports since the 2004 recall involving the furnaces, which can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

York International has received reports of 393 incidents, including some involving extensive property damage that could be related to the fire hazard, 366 of those reports were received after the November 2004 recall announcement. No injuries have been reported.

The furnace can overheat and cause the heat exchanger to crack and create openings that allow flames to be exposed. When this happens, drywall and other nearby combustibles are exposed to the flames, posing a fire and smoke hazard.

Manufactured in the U.S. between 1995 and 2000, the recalled furnaces includes about 223,600 in the U.S. and 2,400 in Canada, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada reported today.

The furnaces are silver with white access panels. The brand names Coleman, Coleman Evcon, or Red T are located on the middle of the front access panel. The model number is written on a faceplate, found by removing both front access panels. The faceplate is mounted on the left inside surface behind the lower panel.

Recalled models included:

  • DGAM075BDD
  • DGAM075BDE
  • DGAM075BDF
  • DGAT070BDD
  • DGAT070BDE
  • DGAT070BDF
  • DGAT075BDD
  • DGAT075BDE
  • DGAT075BDF
  • DLAS075BDD
  • DLAS075BDE
  • DLAS075BDF

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The recalled gas furnaces were sold nationwide between 1995 and 2000 as original equipment in manufactured homes and as replacement furnaces in manufactured homes.

If your home has one of these furnaces, you should immediately stop using it until it has been both inspected and repaired. Contact UPG to schedule a free inspection and repair of any furnace involved in the recall.

For more information, including questions about installation issues that may lead to the fire hazard, call UPG at 888-665-4640 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.dgatprogram.com. UPG Technical Services is also conducting a comprehensive notification and communications program and working with its distributors to locate owners.

Health Canada's press release is available here.

Fire Concerns Prompt York International to Reannounce Recall of Gas Furnaces for Manufactured Homes [CPSC]
CPSC, York International Corp. Announce Recall of Gas Furnaces [CPSC]

Maggie Shader

   

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