Gas Furnaces Recalled for Second Time

Gas Furnaces Recalled for Second TimeAfter already being recalled once, several models of gas furnaces made by York International are once again being recalled due to a fire hazard.

The fear of possible fires prompted York to re-issue the recall of about 226,000 units of gas furnaces made for manufactured houses. The Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T Gas furnaces were all included in both the initial recall in 2004 and the most recent recall.

The company says the furnaces have the potential to overheat, which could cause the heat-exchanger to crack and create an opening in the furnace through which flames could travel. If this were to occur, any nearby combustibles such as dry wall, which is used in the manufactured houses the heaters were installed in, would be exposed to the flames, creating a fire and smoke hazard for consumers.

The furnaces, which are silver with white access panels, were sold all over the U.S. from 1995 to 2000 as original equipment in manufactured homes, and were also sold as replacement heaters that can be installed in such homes.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says all consumers should stop using the furnaces immediately, and to not use the heater until it has been inspected and repaired.

According to the CPSC, Unitary Products Group, the division of York that manufactures the heaters, has received reports of 393 incidents involving the furnace, including some that led to extensive property damage that can be linked to the defect.

The CPSC urges consumers to check the model number written on a faceplate that can be found by removing both front access panels. Several model numbers are included in the recall, all of which can be found on the CPSC's website.