The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Honeywell International, Inc., of Morris Township, N.J., has announced a voluntary recall of electric baseboard and fan heater thermometers. The thermostats can overheat, causing them to melt and smoke. This poses a burn hazard to consumers. Honeywell has received 16 reports of thermostats melting, but no injuries have yet been reported.
The recall involves about 77,000 units sold at home improvement stores, HVAC and electrical stores, and contractors from January 2000 to December 2007 for between $80 and $300.
The recalled thermostats are rectangular, white, programmable thermostats used to control electric baseboard and fan heaters. “Honeywell” or “Cadet” is printed on the front of the thermostats that come in various sizes. The model number and four-digit date code are printed on a label inside the front cover of the thermostat. The model numbers listed below are included in this recall. Only models with date codes beginning with 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 or 06 are included.
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Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled thermostats by setting the thermostats to 45 degrees or turning them off. Only models with a “B” in the model number have an off switch. Consumers should contact Honeywell for a free replacement installed by Honeywell.
For additional information, contact Honeywell toll-free at (888) 235-7363 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT. Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at http://www.yourhome.honeywell.com/T4700.