Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Coleman Furnaces Recalled Due To Fire Hazard

Between 1995 and 2000 York International sold more than 200,000 defective gas furnaces for installation in manufactured homes across the United States, including Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Manufactured homes are constructed almost entirely in a factory. The house is placed on a steel chassis and transported to the building site. The wheels can be removed but the chassis stays in place.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and York International Corp., first announced the recall in November 2004. The recall was reissued more recently on February 3, 2012. You can read the full recall announcement at the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website. The recalled products are labeled: Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T Gas Furnaces.

The furnaces were recalled initially following discovery of a defect that causes the furnaces to overheat and cause the heat exchanger to crack and create openings that expose the flames externally. This can expose any nearby flammable materials like drywall and wood to the flames, posing a fire and smoke hazard to the home's residents.From the picture below, cracked heat exchangers can also lead to furnace exhaust being pumped into a home rather then the chimney.

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

The recall affects approximately 223,600 furnaces sold in the United States.

A product recall is a request to return to the maker a batch or an entire production run of a product, usually due to the discovery of safety issues. The recall is an effort to limit liability for corporate negligence (which can cause costly legal penalties) and to improve or avoid damage to publicity.

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