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White-Rodgers Recalls 180,000 Thermostats Due to Fire Hazard

submitted on January 15, 2011 by pablos17 in "Member's Lounge"
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Programmable thermostats

Units: About 180,000 in the United States and 8,300 in Canada

Manufacturer: White-Rodgers of St. Louis, Mo.

Hazard: The programmable thermostats constantly charge the backup AA batteries used to power the thermostat’s clock. This can cause the batteries to leak, resulting in a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm is aware of three incidents involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

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    Posted by CouponNut on January 15, 2011
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    Interesting to know about this.
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    Posted by siggy38 on January 15, 2011
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    These thermostats were able to be controlled by power companies in homes that took part in energy demand reduction programs, and distributed by more than 40 utility companies to consumers nationwide.

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