The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Unitary Products Group (UPG), a division of York International Corp., is re-issuing a recall announcement on Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T Gas Furnaces for manufactured homes. These furnaces were previously recalled in 2004, but due to continued reports of incidents including extensive property damage since the initial recall, the manufacturer is re-issuing the recall. These units pose a fire hazard.
The recall affects about 223,600 units in the United States and 2,400 in Canada. The furnace can overheat and cause the heat-exchanger to crack and create openings that allow flames to be exposed. This poses a risk of drywall and other nearby combustible materials being exposed to the flames, posing a fire and smoke hazard to consumers.
York has received reports of 393 incidents related to these furnaces in manufactured homes, including some involving extensive property damage. Of these incident reports, 366 were received after the initial November 2004 recall announcement. No injuries have been reported.
The recall involves Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T brand furnaces. The furnaces are silver with white access panels. “Coleman,” “Coleman Evcon” and “Red T” brand names 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 found mounted on the left inside surface behind the lower panel. Models included in the recall are:
The furnaces were manufactured and sold nationwide between 1995 and 2000 as original equipment in manufactured homes, and as replacement furnaces installed in manufactured homes.
Consumers should immediately stop using the furnace until it has been inspected and repaired. Consumers should contact UPG to schedule a free inspection and repair of any furnace involved in the recall. For more information, including information about installation issues that may lead to the hazard, contact UPG toll-free at (888) 665-4640 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit their website at www.dgatprogram.com.
UPG Technical Services is also conducting a comprehensive notification and communications program and working with its distributors to locate owners.