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Crown Boilers Recalled for CO Poisoning Hazard


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Washington, DC - Release #07-063

On December 19th, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Crown Boiler Company of Philadelphia, PA, recalled about 400 Bermuda BSI and Cayman CWI series boilers due to a carbon monoxide poisoning hazard. Consumers are warned to stop using these switches immediately unless otherwise instructed.

According to the manufacturer, these boilers can produce unacceptably high levels of CO in the flue, thus posing a risk of poisoning. Though the manufacturer hasn't received any reports of injuries, they have received one report of high levels of CO in flue gases.

The recall involves Bermuda BSI and Cayman CWI Series gas-fired boilers designed for indoor installation. The model and serial numbers included in the recall can be found at the CPSC site, and are located on the rating plate. The boilers have a two-tone, red and gray jacket enclosure with the controls and piping on the right side of the unit. The rating plate is a silver label located in the upper left hand corner of the right side panel.

The boilers are made in the United States and were sold through plumbing and heating wholesale distributors to plumbers and contractors nationwide from October 2002 through October 2006 for between $800 and $2,100. The manufacturer recommends that consumers who have not already been contacted by their contractor should immediately contact their installer or Crown Boiler Co. to arrange for a free repair and reminds consumers to install a CO alarm outside all sleeping areas, or make sure their current CO alarms have working batteries.

For more information, contact Crown Boiler Co toll-free at (877) 597-3321 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site. Inspectors can download or print a copy of the official CPSC recall by clicking here.

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