BETHESDA, Md. — The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced recalls of items that deserve particular attention this time of year: water heaters and air exchangers.
Below is the information on these recent recalls.
Venmar Ventilation Air Exchangers — The motor in the air exchangers can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. About 108,000 units are impacted in the United States (an additional 77,500 previously recalled in March 2007, December 2007 and June 2011) and about 207,000 in Canada. This recall involves air exchangers with and without heat recovery sold under different brands that are used to circulate air in and out of the home. Venmar Ventilation has received 30 total reports in relation to this recall, all of which resulted in fires and more than $1.1 million in total property damages. No injuries have been reported. Click here for specific brands and models, and information on how to get a free repair.
Coaire and Quietside tankless water heaters — The water heaters can overheat, posing a fire hazard. This recall involves all models of single- and dual-purpose Coaire and Quietside brand tankless gas water heaters. About 29,000 units in the United States are impacted. The manufacturer has received 40 reports of the units overheating, including four involving burns on the wall where the heater was mounted and two involving fires and property damage. No injuries have been reported. Click here for more information on this recall, including free repairs upon request.
Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators with SureLock II weight pocket handles — The rubber handles can detach as divers are trying to remove the weight pockets to rise to the surface in an emergency. This poses a drowning hazard. About 30,000 units are impacted in the United States and 11,300 in Canada (an additional 110,000 were previously recalled in the U.S. in March 2013). Aqua Lung is aware of an additional 50 reports of the handles detaching from the weight pockets. No injuries have been reported. Free replacements are available upon request. Click here for additional information on this recall.