Air Conditioners Prone to Starting Fires Recalled by Carrier
The Carrier Corporation is issuing a recall for products that pose a fire risk to consumers.
The air conditioning manufacturer is voluntarily recalling Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and Heat Pumps (PTHP) due to the fact that the power cord plug can overheat, exposing consumers to a potential fire. Carrier is including about 285,000 units in this recall.
The units in question were sold under the Carrier, Bryant, or Fast brand names, have capacities of 7,000, 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000 BTUs, and plug into 208/230 volt, 20 amp outlets. The recalled items are Carrier models 52CE, 52CQ, 52PE and 52PQ, Bryant models 840 and 841, and Fast models 840 and 841.
Recalled units include those with original power cords and those that received a supplemental power cord as part of a 2007 recall.
Carrier has received reports of about 50 incidents of overheating. Two of the reported incidents involved hotel fires. One of the reported fires involved a consumer suffering burns and smoke inhalation. The other incidents involved scorched or melted cord heads or wall outlets with no injuries reported.
Consumers could purchase these products at HVAC dealers and factory-direct sales from January 2002 through December 2009 for between $425 and $675.
Consumers should stop using and unplug the recalled units, and contact Carrier to receive a free replacement cord.
Customers with questions about the recall can contact Carrier customer service at (800) 761-8492.
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