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RECALL NOTICE: Heat Recovery Ventilators Due to Fire Hazard



U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

December 13, 2007
Release #08-136

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 441-4645
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Venmar Ventilation Inc. Recalls Heat Recovery Ventilators Due to Fire Hazard

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 1,100

Manufacturer: Venmar Ventilation Inc., of Quebec, Canada

Hazard: The thermal protector in these units can fail, posing a potential fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves heat recovery ventilators made between October 2006 and August 2007, and have the following brand names and model numbers:

Brand Models
Venmar 40225
Venmar AVS 457XX, 16016XX, 43XXX, 451XX, 45400, 45709IEH, C32042
Vane 458XX, 16016XX, 43405, 43828, 45405, 45808
Rheem, Ruud, Protech 84-ERVXXX, 84-HRVXXX
Broan ERV200HC, HRV200H, HRV100H

Sold at: Heating, ventilating and air conditioning wholesale distributors, dealers and contractors, and building supply stores nationwide from October 2006 through December 2007 for between $700 and $2,500.

Manufactured in: Canada

Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug their ventilators. Consumers should contact Venmar Ventilation to schedule an inspection and repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional 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

Picture of Recalled heat recovery ventilator   Picture of Recalled heat recovery ventilator

Picture of Recalled heat recovery ventilator


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