CPSC, The Trane
Company and American Standard Inc. Announce Recall of Home Heating and Air Conditioning
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Trane Company, of Tyler, Texas, a division
of American Standard Inc., is voluntarily recalling 9,900 accessory electric
heaters. These heaters are used to provide supplemental heat in heat pump or
electric heating systems. Whether in the cooling, fan, heating or off mode,
incorrectly routed wires can cause the accessory heater to continually cycle
on and off. Excessive heat could catch nearby combustibles on fire.
Trane and American Standard are aware of four reports of
heaters continually running. No property damage or injuries were reported.
These auxiliary electric heaters were sold as a component
in various models of Trane and American Standard brand air handlers for heating
and air conditioning systems. The air handler is the indoor component of the
consumer's air conditioning or heating system. The air handler is a painted
metal cabinet, which has the Trane or American Standard nameplate on its front.
The nameplate provides a list of accessory electric heater model numbers that
could be installed in that air handler. The model numbers for the recalled units
are BAYHTR1419A and B
The model numbers for air handlers that may contain the recalled
heater units are:
* All models have a single arabic digit after this final
Independent installers of Trane and American Standard equipment sold these
accessory heaters nationwide from October 1997 through May 1999 for between
$250 and $400.
Consumers should remove any combustible material from around the air handlers
with recalled heaters. Consumers with one of these electric heaters should call
their local independent Trane or American Standard dealer, listed in your local
yellow pages, for a free inspection and repair, if needed. For assistance in
locating a local independent dealer, contact Trane at (888) 556-0125 between
7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday. Consumers also can get information
on finding a local dealer online at http://www.trane.com/residential/personaltouch/recall.asp.
The U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk 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 and for information
on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's
teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. 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 or report product
hazards to firstname.lastname@example.org.