The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, today announced a voluntary recall of 75000 units of VENMAR Heat Recovery Ventilators manufactured by Venmar Ventilation Inc., of Quebec, Canada
The motors in these units can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Venmar Ventilation has received four reports of ventilator motors overheating resulting in fires causing extensive property damage. One incident in Michigan reportedly resulted in about $1 million in damages.
The recall covers units made from 1991 through 2001, and have the following brand names and model numbers:
Venmar: AEXX, EARC, 1XX, 30X, 40X, 40XXX
Venmar: AVS 1.X, 2.X, 30XX, 55XX
Flair: 30, 30XX, 55, 55XX, 85115
Vane: 10, 1XX, 100X, 20, 20XX, 30XX, 90
Conformax: 300, 350, 400
Carrier Bryant:VXXXXXXXXX, ERVXXXXXXX or HRVXXXXXXX
Payne Day & Night: VXXXXXXXXX
Sears Brand: OPTIMUM
Guardian by Broan: 100X, 200X
Rheem, Ruud, Protech, Weatherking: 84-ERV100, 84-ERV200, 84-HRV100,
The model numbers are written on a silver or black label on the outside of panel. The “X” digit used in the model numbers can be either a letter or a number. Heating, plumbing and building supply distributors nationwide sold these units from January 1991 through December 2001 for between $700 and $2,500. Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug their ventilators, and contact Venmar to receive instructions on how to participate in the recall. Venmar will provide a free safety device that will shut off the ventilator if the motor overheats.
For more information, contact Venmar Ventilation toll-free at (866) 441-4645 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.venmar.ca