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Archived – Venmar Air Exchange Systems
- Starting date:
- February 1, 2008
- Posting date:
- December 31, 2008
- Type of communication:
- Consumer Product Recall
- Household Items, Appliances
- Source of recall:
- Health Canada
- Product Safety, Flammability Hazard
- General Public
- Identification number:
Venmar Air Exchange Systems
Venmar's Safety Upgrade Program covers models manufactured between 1991 and 2001 and beween October 2006 and August 2007. Below is a listing of affected units.
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NOTE: The "X" digit used in the model numbers can be either a letter or a number. This model number is located on a silver or a black label positioned on the outside panel of the unit.
Venmar Ventilation has implemented a safety retrofit program for heat recovery ventilators due to fire hazard.
Venmar Ventilation has received several reports of major home fires where the suspected cause is a heat recovery system.
Burlington fire officials determined that two fires in Burlington have been attributed to Venmar units.
There is potential of the motor overheating in certain models of air exchangers that may result in a fire hazard.
Approximately 1,000 units were sold in Ontario.
Time period sold
The Safety Retrofit Program covers the units produced between October 2006 and August 2007 and distributed under the brand names of: Venmar, Venmar AVS, vänEE. Rheem, Rudd, Protech, Carrier, Bryant and Broan.
Sold by Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning wholesale distributors nationwide, and selected building supply stores such as Home Depot and Home Hardware.
Manufactured in Canada.
Venmar Ventilation Inc.
What you should do
Venmar is attempting to contact all owners of the heat recovery systems that may pose a potential fire hazard.
Owners of the air exchange systems that are affected must immediately turn the unit off and unplug it, and contact Venmar as soon as possible by: visiting the firm's website at www.venmar.ca; phone 1-866-441-4645; or mail to SUP, 550 Lemire Blvd., Drummondville, Quebec, Canada, J2C 7W9.
Please visit Electrical Safety Authority (PDF format) for additional information from the Electrical Safety Authority.
Please note that this notice is subsequent to news releases issued on Decemeber 21, 2006 and January 19, 2007 (ESA Safety Alerts (PDF format)) by the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and the Electrical Safety Authority regarding similar issues with models manufactured between 1991 and 2001.
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