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Recalled thermostats linked to fire hazard

Published On: May 01 2014 08:11:46 AM CDT   Updated On: May 01 2014 08:12:54 AM CDT

More than a million programmable thermostats are being recalled because of a fire risk linked to seven known incidents, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

WhiteRodgers of St. Louis, Missouri, is recalling 740,000 thermostats in the U.S and 403,000 in Canada because leakage from batteries used in the units can result in a short circuit and create a fire hazard.

Two of the seven known incidents involving the thermostats resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The recall includes WhiteRodgers programmable thermostats with model numbers 1F80-04xx, 1F83-04xx, 1F85-04xx, 1F86-04xx and which do not show a battery icon on the thermostat screen. The potentially affected models can be identified by the battery door on top of the thermostat and the three or four buttons to the right of the thermostat screen. The potentially affected thermostats have one of the following names printed on the front of the thermostat: “Emerson,” “WhiteRodgers,” DICO,” “Comfortsentry,” “Frigidaire,” “Maytag,” “Nutone,” “Partners Choice,” “Rheem,” “Ruud,” “Unico,” “Water Furnace,” “Westinghouse,” or “Zonefirst.” Thermostats that show the battery icon are not affected. All thermostats with date codes after the 50th week of 2013 are not affected.

The thermostats were sold between January of 2006 and December of 2013 for between $28.00 and $67.00, depending on the model and year of sale.

Users with an affected model are asked to contact WhiteRodgers.

More information is available here.

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