Name of product: Air exchangers
Hazard: The motor in the air exchangers can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Consumer Contact: Venmar Ventilation toll-free at (866) 441-4645 anytime or online at www.venmar.ca and click on the Safety Upgrade Program link for more information.
In conjunction with Canada
Description: This recall involves air exchangers with and without heat recovery sold under different brands that are used to circulate air in and out of the home. The metal air exchangers are painted blue or grey. Air exchangers with heat recovery included in this recall were manufactured from January 2002 through May 2008 and have brand and model information written on a silver or black label on the outside panel. Air exchangers without heat recovery included in this recall were manufactured from January 2002 through July 2009 and have brand and model information printed on the unit’s rating plate or imprinted on the side of the unit. The following brand names and model numbers are included in the recall:
The “X” can be either a letter or a number.
Day & Night
Guardian by Broan
HRV XX5 XRC
Incidents/Injuries: Venmar Ventilation has received four new reports in relation to this recall expansion. In the previous recalls, Venmar Ventilation reported 26 incidents, for a total of 30. Out of these 30 incidents, five took place in the U.S. and 25 took place in Canada. All incidents resulted in fires and more than $1.1 million in property damages. No injuries have been reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off and stop using their air exchangers. Consumers should contact Venmar Ventilation to request a free inspection and repair by a Venmar field technician.
Sold at: Air exchangers with heat recovery were sold atheating, plumbing and building supply distributors nationwide from January 2002 through May 2008 for between $700 and $2,500. Air exchangers without heat recovery were sold at heating, plumbing, and building supply distributors nationwide from January 2002 through July 2009 for between $350 and $850.
Manufacturer: Venmar Ventilation Inc., of Quebec, Canada
Manufactured in: Canada
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