Effikal Recalls Gas Vent Dampers Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard

Effikal LLC, of Orion, Mich., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has announced a voluntary recall of its Automatic Gas Vent Dampers.

The automatic gas vent damper could fail, and if the blocked vent switch does not activate, the vent could leak carbon monoxide (CO), posing a risk of CO poisoning to consumers. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

The dampers were manufactured in the United States and were sold by plumbing and heating wholesale distributors to plumbers and contractors nationwide from August 2007 through July 2008 for between $1,000 and $4,000 for the boilers. Gas vent dampers were sold as part of the gas boiler systems.

The recall involves approximately 45,000 Effikal RVGP-PC Gas Vent Damper size 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 which are installed with the gas boiler systems listed below. The vent damper date code is located on a sticker under the motor assembly cap on the plastic base. Serial numbers are located on a label on the side of the damper's cap. All sizes and models of the RVGP-PC have the same motor assembly with black Effikal caps and black plastic bases.

Manufacturer Atmospheric Gas Boiler Models Vent Damper Date Codes Vent Damper Serial Numbers
Allied Engineering MG, MS and SG Series 0728 through 0809 3588428 through 3687571
Burnham Series 2b, Series 8h, and Independence
except Independence PV
0728-0738 3588428-3647820
Crown AWI, CWI and BSI Series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Hydro Therm R/MR, VGA, VS and HW Series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Laars JV Series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Lochinvar CBN Solution Series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
RBI Spectrum Series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Smith GB and HW Series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
New Yorker CG and CGS Series 0728-0738 3588428-3647827
Peerless MI, 63 and GM series 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Raypak Series XV-42—180
Series V-181—260 and 182—261
Series VII-133
0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Union Steam GWA and GSA 0728-0809 3588428-3687571
Weil-McLain CGa, EG, and PFG Series 0728-0738 3588428-3647830
WilliamsonThermoflo GWA and GSA s 0728-0738 3588428-3647831

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the boilers, weather permitting, and contact their installer to confirm they have a recalled vent damper and to receive a free vent damper replacement. For additional information, contact Effikal toll-free at (866) 790-3739, or visit www.effikal.com.

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