WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Product: Aprilaire Electronic Air Cleaners
Units: About 67,000
Manufacturer: Research Products Corp., of Madison, Wis.
Hazard: The air cleanerâ€™s plastic inner housing and filter are not flame-resistant. If electrical arcing occurs in the cleaner, a fire can develop. This poses a risk of burn injuries and property damage.
Incidents/Injuries: Research Products has received six reports of fires involving these air cleaners. No injuries were reported.
Description: The recall involves all Aprilaire Model 5000 Electronic Air Cleaners. The air cleaners are almond colored, and located near the heating and cooling equipment. An identification label on the access door reads â€śAprilaire Model 5000.â€ť
Sold by: Independent HVAC dealers nationwide from June 2000 through December 2004 for an installed price of about $800.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off the unit or unplug it. Consumers also should contact Research Products Corp. to receive a free repair kit containing the flame-retardant inner housing and filter.
Consumer Contact: For more information, call Research Products Corp. toll-free at (888) 742-2401 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. CT on Saturday. Consumers also can visit the firmâ€™s Web site at www.aprilaire.com