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White-Rodgers Recalls Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats Due to Fire Hazard

April 30th, 2014

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats

Hazard: The alkaline batteries used in the thermostat can leak onto the circuit board posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Consumers should check thermostats for battery icon on the left side of the blue lighted screen, if the battery icon is not shown, contact White-Rodgers to receive a free repair or a replacement thermostat.

Consumer Contact: White-Rodgers toll-free at (888) 624-1901 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.white-rodgers.com and click on “White-Rodgers 1F8x-04xx Thermostat Recall” at the lower left corner of the homepage for more information.

Photos are available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/White-Rodgers-Recalls-Home-Heating-and-Cooling-Thermostats.

Recall Details

Units: About 740,000 in the United States and 403,000 in Canada

Description: This recall involves four models of White-Rodgers digital thermostats. The thermostats are white with blue lighted screens and have one of the following names printed on the front of them: “COMFORTSENTRY,” “DICO,” “Emerson,” “Frigidaire,” “Maytag,” “Nutone,” “Partners Choice,” “Rheem,” “Ruud,” “Unico,” “Water Furnace,” “Westinghouse,” “White-Rodgers” or “Zonefirst.” The thermostats have a battery door on the top left corner. There are three or four buttons to the right and also below the thermostat screen. Recalled thermostats do not show a battery icon on the left side of the blue lighted screen.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received seven reports of burn damage to the thermostat, including two involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment manufacturers and distributors and at hardware retailers nationwide from January 2006 through December 2013 for about $30 to $70.

Distributor: White-Rodgers of St. Louis, Mo., a division of Emerson Climate Technologies.

Manufactured in: China.