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Gas Furnaces Recalled Over Fire Hazard

Caution symbolThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with Health Canada, announced the recall of nearly 226,000 home furnaces. The furnaces are manufactured by Unitary Products Group (UPG) of York International Corp of York, Pennsylvania, and have been linked to home fires.

York issued a voluntary recall after reporting that the potential exists for the furnaces to overheat and cause the heat-exchanger to crack and create openings that allow flames to be exposed. This poses a fire and smoke hazard to consumers.

The same furnaces had previously been recalled in 2004 when the company received 27 reports of fires. As of the recall announced Feb. 3, the company had received nearly 400 reports of related incidents.  Although no injuries have been reported, extensive property damage has been reported.

The recall involves Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T brand furnaces.  For a full list of models see the CPSC recall notice.

Consumers should immediately stop using the furnace until it has been inspected and repaired. Consumers should contact UPG to schedule a free inspection and repair of any furnace involved in the recall.

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