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Safety Recall - Japanese Mfr (Rinnai) direct vent furnaces - Carbon Monoxide Hazard

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    Cath Feeling the Heat

    Jul 31, 2007
    Consumer Protection Safety Commission

    Japanese Mfr, Rinnai, Recalls Wall Furnaces Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard

    Direct-Vent Wall Furnaces, Models RHFE 431 and RHFE 556

    NEWS from CPSC
    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
    Office of Information and Public Affairs
    Washington, DC 20207

    February 21, 2008
    Release #08-199

    Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 746 8344
    CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
    CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

    Rinnai Recalls Wall Furnaces Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
    cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
    recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
    recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

    Name of Product: Direct-Vent Wall Furnaces, Models RHFE 431 and RHFE 556

    Units: About 52,000

    Manufacturer: Rinnai America Corp., of Peachtree City, Ga.

    Hazard: A gasket in the unit can fail, posing a risk of poisonous carbon
    monoxide gas leaking into the home.

    Incidents/Injuries: Rinnai has received 11 reports of carbon monoxide
    leaking from the furnace. No injuries have been reported.

    Description: The recall involves Rinnai EnergySaver Direct-Vent Wall
    Furnaces, Models RHFE 431 and RHFE 556. They are either natural gas or
    LP gas (propane) fueled. The following model numbers are included in the

    Model RHFE-431: FAIII-N, FAIII-P, WTA-N, WTA-P, WTA-72B-N, WTA-76B-N

    Model RHFE-556: FAIII-N, FAIII-P, WTA-N, WTA-P

    The model number is printed on the top of the rating plate located on
    the right side of the unit. The recall includes only those units
    manufactured from February 2000 through December 2007. The manufacturing
    date code is the first four digits of the serial number, written as YY
    MM, and is located at the bottom of the rating plate.

    Sold through: Wholesale distributors nationwide to contractors and
    dealers from February 2000 through December 2007 for between $1,600 and

    Manufactured in: Japan

    Remedy: Consumers should stop using the furnace immediately and contact
    the firm to arrange for the installation of a free repair kit.

    Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Rinnai toll-free
    at (866) 746-8344 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at

    To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the
    recalled products, please go to:

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