Washington, D.C. – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that Carrier Corporation is recalling Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps for repair due to fire hazard.
This recall involves Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHP) sold under the Bryant, Carrier and Fast brand names. Recalled units include those with original power cords and those that received a supplemental power cord as part of the 2007 recall.The recalled units have capacities of 7,000; 9,000; 12,000 and 15,000 BTUs and plug into 208/230 volt, 20 amp outlets.
The following brands and eight models are being recalled: Carrier models 52CE, 52CQ, 52PE and 52PQ; Bryant models 840 and 841; and Fast models 840 and 841
Model and serial numbers are located on the ratings/data plate on the right front of the unit, underneath the removable front panel. A complete list of the serial numbers involved in this recall is available by calling Carrier or at www.carrier.com
Name of product: Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and Heat Pumps (PTHP)
Hazard: The power cord plug can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Units: About 285,000 (About 185,000 were previously recalled in November 2007)
Incidents/Injuries: Carrier has received reports of approximately 47 incidents of overheating. Two of the reported incidents involved hotel fires. One of the reported fires involved a consumer suffering burns and smoke inhalation. The other incidents involved scorched or melted cord heads or wall outlets with no injuries reported.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using and unplug the recalled units, and contact Carrier to receive a free replacement cord.
Consumer Contact: Carrier at 800.761.8492 from 8:00am to 6:00pm ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.carrier.com and click on Important Product Safety Recall for more information.
Sold at: HVAC dealers and factory-direct sales from January 2002 through December 2009 for between $425 and $675.
Manufacturer(s): Carrier Corporation, of Farmington, CT.
Manufactured in: Mexico
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