Home Inpsectors note: removal of batteries are essential if encountering, tag out and inform.

January 12, 2011
CPSC Release #11-096 in cooperation with Health Canada (Welcome to the Health Canada Web site | Bienvenue au site Web de Santť Canada)

Clickable link to release at CPSC site: White-Rodgers Recalls Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats Due to Fire Hazard

Name of Product: Programmable thermostats

Units: About 180,000 in the United States and 8,300 in Canada.

Hazard: The programmable thermostats constantly charge the backup AA batteries used to power the thermostatís clock. This can cause the batteries to leak, resulting in a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm is aware of three incidents involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves all White-Rodgers programmable thermostats with model numbers 1F88-XXX and 1F85RF-275 and date codes beginning with 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 and 1001 through 1039. The model number is printed on the thermostatís front pull-down panel door. The date code is located inside the removable front cover. White-Rodgers and/or the utility companyís name and logo are printed on the front of the thermostat. These thermostats were able to be controlled by power companies in homes that took part in energy demand reduction programs.

Distributed by: More than 40 utility companies to consumers nationwide who took part in energy conservation programs and by various HVAC wholesalers for about $150.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the two AA batteries from the thermostat and contact White-Rodgers for a free repair kit. If battery removal causes changes in furnace operation, contact White-Rodgers.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact White-Rodgers toll-free at (888) 624-1901 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firmís website at www.regcen.com/Thermostat

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1217

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