New Reports of Smoke, Fire Damage Prompt Second Recall of Gas Furnaces
A recall has been reissued for a series of gas furnaces marketed with the Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T brand names due to fire hazards.
The defective products were produced as new and replacement gas furnaces for manufactured homes. They were first recalled in November 2004, and the manufacturer—Unitary Products Group (UPG), which is a division of York International—reissued the recall after new complaints related to smoke and fire damage.
The recall affects approximately 224,000 gas furnaces in the United States. So far, there have been nearly 400 incidents of smoke and fire damage related to the units; no injuries have been reported.
The gas furnaces are prone to overheating, which can cause the heat exchangers to crack and create openings that expose flames and can burn surrounding drywall or other flammable objects, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Recalled units bear the Coleman, Coleman Evcon or Red T brand name on the middle of the front access panel and model numbers:
The affected furnaces are silver with white-colored front access panels. The model number is located inside the lower front panel.
The gas furnaces included in the recall were installed in manufactured homes sold by Nationwide Homes between 1995 and 2000. Consumers with these gas furnaces should halt their use immediately and contact UPG at 888-665-4640 to schedule a no-cost inspection and repair.
If you or a family member was injured by one of the recalled gas furnaces or another defective product, an experienced product liability attorney may be able to help you recover financial compensation for your damages.
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