Safety Alert Number 0704032

Venmar Ventilation Inc Recalls Heat Recovery Ventilators Due to Fire Hazard

Release #07-143
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 441-4645
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Heat Recovery Ventilators
Units: About 75,000
Manufacturer: Venmar Ventilation Inc. , of Quebec, Canada
Manufactured in: Canada

Hazard: The motors in these units can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Venmar Ventilation has received four reports of ventilator motors overheating resulting in fires causing extensive property damage. One incident in Michigan reportedly resulted in about $1 million in damages.

Description: Heat Recovery Ventilators are designed to exchange air between the inside and outside of a home in order to provide fresh air. The recall covers units made from 1991 through 2001, and have the following brand names and model numbers:

Brand: Models

Venmar: AEXX, EARC, 1XX, 30X, 40X, 40XXX
Venmar: AVS 1.X, 2.X, 30XX, 55XX
Flair: 30, 30XX, 55, 55XX, 85115
vane: 10, 1XX, 100X, 20, 20XX, 30XX, 90
Conformax: 300, 350, 400
NuTone: NUTR130
Payne Day & Night: VXXXXXXXXX
York: 5263554XXXX
Sears Brand: OPTIMUM
Guardian by Broan: 100X, 200X
Rheem, Ruud, Protech, Weatherking: 84-ERV100, 84-ERV200, 84-HRV100, 84-HRV200

The model numbers are written on a silver or black label on the outside of panel. The "X" digit used in the model numbers can be either a letter or a number.

Sold by: Heating, plumbing and building supply distributors nationwide from January 1991 through December 2001 for between $700 and $2,500.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug their ventilators, and contact Venmar to receive instructions on how to participate in the recall. Venmar will provide a free safety device that will shut off the ventilator if the motor overheats.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Venmar Ventilation toll-free at (866) 441-4645 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at

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