CPSC Reminder: Important HTPV Recall Deadline Approaches

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and various home heating furnace, boiler, and high-temperature plastic vent pipe (HTPV) manufacturers are urging home owners who have not yet responded to the previously-announced 1998 recall, to do so immediately. After May 1, 2009, the remedy consumers receive will change.

The recall, first announced in February 1998, included about 250,000 Plexvent and Ultravent HTPV pipe systems attached to gas or propane furnaces and boilers in homes. The HTPV pipes can crack or separate at the joints and leak deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas. Consumers who register after May 1, 2009, and who choose to repair their systems will be responsible for up-front payment of parts, labor, and permits, and will be responsible for arranging to have the work performed.

After checking the vent pipes, consumers should call (800) 758-3688 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, to sign up for HTPV pipe system replacement. The following manufacturers are participating in this program: Armstrong Air Conditioning Inc., Bard Manufacturing Co., Burnham Corp., Center Point Energy/Houston Industries, Dunkirk Radiator Corp., Evcon Industries Inc., Heat Controller Inc., International Comfort Prod. Corp., Lennox Industries Inc., Nordyne Inc., Peerless Heater Co., Pennco Inc., Plexco Inc., Raypak Inc., Rheem Manufacturing Co., Slant/Fin Corp., The Trane Co., Trianco-Heatmaker Inc., Utica Boilers Inc., Vaillant Corp., Weil-McLain, Westcast Inc., and York International Corp.

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