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Gas Vent Dampers Recalled Due to CO Hazard


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CPSC Alert #09-008

Effikal LLC of Orion, MI has recalled about 45,000 gas vent dampers for a defect that can cause them to fail and leak carbon monoxide, posing an asphyxiation risk to consumers. Inspectors finding these dampers should inform their client about this recall and advise homeowners to immediately stop using the boilers, weather permitting, and contact their installer to confirm they have a recalled vent damper and to receive a free vent damper replacement.

Name of Product: Automatic Gas Vent Dampers

Manufacturer: Effikal LLC, of Orion, Mich.

Hazard: The automatic gas vent damper could fail, and if the blocked vent switch does not activate, the vent could leak carbon monoxide (CO). This poses a risk of CO poisoning to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves Effikal RVGP-PC Gas Vent Damper size 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 which are installed with the gas boiler systems listed in the downloadable chart below. The vent damper date code is located on a sticker under the motor assembly cap on the plastic base. Serial numbers are located on a label on the side of the damper’s cap. All sizes and models of the RVGP-PC have the same motor assembly with black Effikal caps and black plastic bases.

Sold by: Plumbing and heating wholesale distributors to plumbers and contractors nationwide from August 2007 through July 2008 for between $1,000 and $4,000 for the boilers. Gas vent dampers were sold as part of the gas boiler systems.

Models & Serial Numbers: Click here for a downloadable chart of manufacturers, models and serial numbers.

Manufactured in: United States

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Effikal toll-free at (866) 790-3739, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.effikal.com



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