York International Corporation re-announced its Voluntary Safety Inspection and Upgrade Program for select models of manufactured housing gas furnaces.
York International Corp. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission previously announced this program on November 15, 2004 in a joint press release. The purpose of this re-announcement is to make consumers, who have not had their units inspected and repaired, aware that this program remains in effect in preparation for the upcoming 2005 heating season. The number of units remaining is about 226,000
These furnaces can overheat, causing heat-exchanger cracking, burn-through and, in extreme cases, furnace wrapper burn-through. This can lead to heating and possible burning of the drywall and other combustibles adjacent to the furnace, which poses a fire and smoke hazard to consumers.
UPG has received 126 reports of incidents in the U.S. and Canada to date, which range from discoloration of drywall, to smoldering wall products to fires. A few of these reported incidents resulted in fire and extensive property damage. There have been seven reports that allege minor exposure to carbon monoxide, but there has been no confirmation of any serious injuries from such alleged exposure. There have been no reports of any deaths and with the exception of the above seven unconfirmed reports, there have been no other reports of personal injury.
The program involves Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T brand furnaces. The furnaces are a silver color with white access panels. The "Coleman," "Coleman Evcon" and "Red T" brand names are located on the middle of the front access panel. These model furnaces with model numbers, including DGAM075BDD, DGAT070BDD, DGAT075BDD, DLAS075BDD, DGAM075BDE, DGAT070BDE, DGAT075BDE, DLAS075BDE, DGAM075BDF, DGAT070BDF, DGAT075BDF and DLAS075BDF.
The model number is written on a nameplate, found by removing both front access panels. The nameplate is found mounted on the left inside surface behind the lower panel.
These furnaces were sold nationwide between 1995 and 2000 under the brand names of Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T as original equipment in manufactured homes and as replacement furnaces in manufactured homes.
Consumers should not use the heating function of these furnaces until it has been inspected and repaired. Consumers should contact UPG to schedule a free inspection and repair of any furnace involved in the program.
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