Fire/Burn Hazards Prompt Marley Engineered Products to Recall Baseboard Heaters
07/08/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Bennettsville, SC—Marley Engineered Products LLC, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), voluntarily recalled Dayton Electric Baseboard Heaters due to fire and burn hazards associated with them. The CPSC announced the product safety recall, which affects about 30 units, on Tuesday, July 6, 2010.
According to information provided, labels affixed to the product falsely implied the baseboard heaters were intended for 240 or 208 volt use. While no injuries or adverse incident have been reported in connection with the recalled product, some heaters reportedly have an internal heater built to withstand a maximum of 120 volts.
A fire has the potential to ignite if the Dayton Electric Baseboard Heaters are connected to a 240 or 208 volt electrical circuit, as initially and erroneously directed. This defect could leave consumers susceptible to suffering burns and/or other blaze-related injuries.
“This recall involves Dayton 240/208 volt model 3UG82D electric baseboard heaters. The white, rectangular heaters are 30 inches long by 6 3/4 inches high by 2 7/8 inches deep. A nameplate on the bottom right side of the base has “Dayton Electric Mfg. Co.,” model 3UG82D and date code 1209. Only heaters purchased after December 21, 2009 with a date code of “1209” are included in this recall. The recalled heaters have yellow and white wires inside the panel where the heater connects to the power source. Heaters with red and black wire are not included in this recall,” as reported by the CPSC.
The potentially dangerous Dayton Electric Baseboard Heaters were made available in nationwide Grainger branch stores between December 2009 and March 2010. The product was manufactured in the United States and cost approximately $50.
Consumers have been urged to check the product’s nameplate as a means of determination whether it is affected by the recall. Individuals with affected baseboard heaters are advised to disconnect the product at the circuit breaker or fuse. A qualified electrician should subsequently inspect the wires inside the heater’s electrical access panel to verify if the wires are yellow and white.
Consumers should contact Marley to schedule a free replacement. Marley can be reached at (800) 642-4328 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or online at www.marleymep.com for additional information.
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