U.S. Boiler Company Recalls Gas-Fired Hot Water Boilers

Starting date:
January 9, 2014
Posting date:
January 9, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-37443

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and U.S. Boiler Company.

Affected products

Gas-Fired Hot Water Boilers by U.S. Boiler Company

Product description

This recall involves U.S. Boiler ESC, PVG and SCG model cast iron hot water boilers that use natural gas or liquid petroleum to heat water for residential space heating. The boilers are light blue in colour with black trim, about 102 centimetres (40 inches) tall, about 66 centimetres (26 inches) deep and range from 30.5 to 79 centimetres (12 to 31 inches) wide.

The model name and U.S. Boiler logo are on the front cover of the boiler. The front cover of the boiler is vented.  The model number, serial number and manufacturing date are located on a silver label on the top panel of ESC models and on the inside of PVG and SCG models on the right side panel. The manufacturing date appears in the upper right corner of the silver label in the MM/YYYY format.

The following model numbers and serial number ranges are included in this recall:
Model Number Serial Number Range
ESC3 through ESC9 65249110 through 65382278
PVG3_P, PVG4_P and PVG5 through PVG9 64870666 through 65385748; 97939433
SCG3 through SCG9 35200197; 65283322 through 65858729

 

Hazard identified

U.S. Boiler Company has identified that under certain circumstances, the air pressure switch can fail to shut down the burners when there is a blockage in the vent system, causing the boiler to emit excessive amounts of carbon monoxide into the vent systems.

Neither Health Canada nor U.S. Boiler Company has received any reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.

Number sold

Approximately 310 of the recalled products were sold in Canada and approximately 26,000 were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled boilers were sold from April 2006 to February 2013 in Canada and from December 2005 to February 2013 in the United States, at various plumbing and heating wholesale distributors.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States.

Companies

Manufacturer
U.S. Boiler Company Inc.
Lancaster
Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

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What you should do

Consumers with recalled boilers should immediately contact the installer or distributor from whom they purchased the boiler or U.S. Boiler Company to schedule a free in-home safety inspection and repair. Consumers who continue to use the boilers while awaiting repair should have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed outside of sleeping areas in the home.

For more information, consumers may contact U.S. Boiler Company, toll-free at 1-888-432-8887 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday or visit the firm's website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.