FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2001 Release # 01-189
Furnace Recall Hotline: (877) 347-6456
CPSC CONTACT: Ken Giles (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184
CPSC Announces Recall of Furnaces in California WASHINGTON, D.C. -
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing a recall of about 30,000 furnaces sold in California. Seven firms are offering to repair or replace certain furnaces, which were sold under their own labels, but were manufactured by Consolidated Industries Inc. The units involved are gas-fired horizontal furnaces equipped with steel "NOx" rods installed above the burners and are commonly called NOx rod furnaces. These furnaces pose a substantial risk of fire. CPSC has received 50 reports of fires associated with the 140,000 horizontal furnaces manufactured by Consolidated Industries Inc. No injuries have been reported. All the furnaces can be identified by the steel rods installed above the burners. The firms participating in this recall are Amana Company, L.P., of Amana, Iowa; Bard Manufacturing, of Bryan, Ohio; Carrier Corporation, of Syracuse, N.Y.; Goettl Air Conditioning Inc., of Phoenix, Ariz.; Goodman Manufacturing Company L.P., of Houston, Texas; Heat Controller Inc., of Jackson, Mich.; and The Trane Company, a division of American Standard Inc., of Tyler, Texas.
Home, hardware and specialty stores, and independent contractors sold these furnaces in California from January 1983 through December 1992 for about $2,000. Consumers should check to see if their furnace is part of this recall immediately. If so, or for more information, consumers should call toll-free at (877) 347-6456 anytime, or contact the recall web site at www.furnaceinspect.com. Consumers should have the brand name, model number and serial number of their furnace available when they call or contact the web site. The recall program offers free inspection and repair of the furnaces. Consumers can elect to receive a new furnace, free of charge, except for installation costs. CPSC issued a safety alert warning about these furnaces in September 2000. Consolidated Industries (formerly Premier Furnace Co.), which is being liquidated under Chapter 7 bankruptcy laws, manufactured approximately 140,000 of these furnaces for sale in California between 1983 and 1994 under many different brand names. About 110,000 of these furnaces were manufactured and distributed under the Premier/Consolidated labels. They are not covered by this recall program. However, there is on-going private litigation which could enable consumers to recover at least some of their out-of-pocket expenses for replacement or repair of the Premier/Consolidated brand furnaces. For more information about the private litigation, call (408) 808-1410 or visit the web site at www.white-macdonald.com. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. For information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call the above numbers or visit the web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/103.html. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.
July 23, 2000
Our service department has recently received a number of customer inquiries regarding advertisements by other companies offering free system flushing and chemical treating of your hydronic radiant heating. Typical questions have included, "What does this flushing do for my system?" and "How often should my system be flushed?"
Hydronic heating systems such as yours are flushed and chemically treated only when the system is installed or satarted up after any major repairs. Your system is a "closed-loop" and normally does not require flushing or treatment on a regular or semi-regular basis. The flushing offered by these companies is not required.
Rusher Air's preventive manitenance program provides your hydronic radiant system with all the required system checks and servicing that your system requires to maintain quality eficient operation for many years to come. If you currently do not have a plan for preventive maintenance, please contact us today to discuss a program.
For over 50 years, our family owned business has been designing, installing, and servicing quality hydronic systems such as yours (as well as many other types of heating and air conditioning systems). We remain committed to providing you with top-quality, personalized service.
February 15, 2000
Horizontal forced air furnaces have caused fires in the attics of more than 13 homes in Torrance and nearby cities in the last two years. At least 5 other simlar fires occurred between 1990 and 1998. Similar fires have occurred in surrounding counties. Users of attic mounted horizontal forced air furnaces are warned that they must take specific precautions to prevent fires in their own homes.
The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware of the fires caused by these furnaces and has sponsored a study of the problem. Part of the study involving hundreds of failed horizonontal forced air furnaces indicates they often start failing between 6 and 9 years from the date of installation.
Between December 1998 and 1999, 4 fires in Torrance were caused by Premier "HBA" model horizontal forced air furnaces. The fires all occurred in the same tract of 52 custom homes built in 1989 and 1990.
In 1996, 1998, and 1999, Premier "HAC" model horizontal air furnaces caused fires in Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, And Torrance.
In 1998 and 1999 Premier "HCC" model horizontal forced air furnaces caused fires in homes in Torrance and Redondo Beach.
Premier Furnaces were manufactured by Consolidated Industries. Incidents of cracked heat exchangers, cracked heat exchanger expansion joints, smothering burner flames, and flame roll out in certain horizontal forced air furnaces manufactured by Consolidated Industries have been reported.
Consolidated manufactured horizontal forced air furnaces that were sold under more than 17 different company and trade names, including Premier. the furnaces involved were sold between September 1983 and December 1991. A list is attached of furnace names and model numbers manufactured by Consolidated Industries.
December 30, 1999