PLASTIC PLEXVENT ULTRAVENT RECALL - CONTENTS: US CPSC Plastic Heating Vent Recall Update - 2009. US CPSC Plastic Heating Vent Recall Notice - 1998. High temperature plastic vents recalled: Plexvent recall and Ultravent recall. Recalled plastic heating vents are gray or black "Plexvent," "Plexvent II" or "Ultravent" . List of HTPV high temperature vent recall manufacturers. Contact information for high temperature plastic vent claims. Contact information for the US Consumer Product Commission for HTPV injury or damage loss reports or event report
CPSC, Manufacturers Announce Changes to 1998 Recall Program to Replace Dangerous Home Heating Vent Pipes Remedy Changes for Registrations after May 1, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and various home heating furnace, boiler, and high-temperature plastic vent (HTPV) manufacturers are urging home owners who have not yet responded to the previously-announced 1998 recall, to do so immediately. After May 1, 2009, the remedy consumers receive under the existing program, which has been operating continuously for almost 11 years, will change.
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The recall, first announced in February 1998, included about 250,000 Plexvent and Ultravent HTPV pipe systems attached to gas or propane furnaces and boilers in homes. The HTPV pipes can crack or separate at the joints and leak deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas. The following table includes the different remedies available to consumers with qualifying heating systems vented with two leading brands of HTPV pipe – Plexvent and Ultravent.
Valid claims initiated on or before May 1, 2009, with remediation completed and required documentation submitted by October 1, 2009
Will receive a new, professionally-installed venting system free of charge or a rebate up to $400 towards purchase of a new, high-efficiency appliance from the same manufacturer that does not require HTPV
Will receive a new, professionally-installed venting system for about $250 or a rebate of $250 towards purchase of a new, high-efficiency appliance from the same manufacturer that does not require HTPV
Valid claims initiated after May 1, 2009
A rebate up to $400 toward either an HTPV replacement system, or a new, high-efficiency appliance from the same manufacturer that does not require HTPV
A rebate up to $250 toward either an HTPV replacement system, or a new, high-efficiency appliance from the same manufacturer that does not require HTPV
Consumers who register after May 1, 2009 and who choose to repair their systems will be responsible for up-front payment of parts, labor and permits, and will be responsible for arranging to have the work performed.
How to Identify Recalled High Temperature Plastic Heating Vents
Consumers should determine whether they have a recalled HTPV pipe system by checking the vent pipes attached to their natural gas or propane furnace or boiler.
Vent pipes subject to this recall can be identified as follows:
HTPV material: the HTPV vent pipes are plastic;
HTPV color: the HTPV vent pipes are colored gray or black;
Take a look at our HTPV pipes atop a high-efficiency heating boiler installed in Minneapolis MN in 2009. These pipes are white - so these are not the piping of concern in the CPSC warning.
HTPV lableing: "Plexvent," "Plexvent II" or "Ultravent" is stamped on the vent pipe or printed on stickers placed on pieces used to connect the vent pipes; and
HTPV location: t he vent pipes are located on furnaces (and the pipes go through the sidewalls of structures) or on boilers.
Other plastic vent pipes, such as white PVC shown in our photo at above-left are not included in the recall.
Contact Information for High Temperature Plastic Heating Vents that are Recalled
After checking the vent pipes, consumers should call (800) 758-3688 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to sign up for HTPV pipe system replacement. The following manufacturers are participating in this program:
Armstrong Air Conditioning Inc.
Bard Manufacturing Co.
Center Point Energy/Houston Industries (Arkla)
Dunkirk Radiator Corp.
Evcon Industries Inc.
Heat Controller Inc.
International Comfort Prod. Corp. (USA)
Lennox Industries Inc.
Peerless Heater Co.
Rheem Manufacturing Co.
The Trane Co.
Utica Boilers Inc.
York International Corp.
CPSC reminds all consumers to have fuel-burning appliances professionally inspected each year to check for cracks or separations in the vents that could allow CO to leak into the home. In addition, CPSC recommends that every home should have at least one CO alarm.
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
US CPSC High Temperature Plastic Vent Heating Vent Recall Update - 2009
In a landmark action announced February 24, 1998 virtually the entire furnace and boiler industry together with the manufacturers of high-temperature plastic vent (HTPV) pipes have joined with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to announce a recall program. This program will replace, free of charge, an estimated 250,000 HTPV pipe systems attached to gas or propane furnaces or boilers in consumers' homes. The HTPV pipes could crack or separate at the joints and leak carbon monoxide (CO), presenting a deadly threat to consumers.
To determine whether they have HTPV pipe systems that are subject to this program, consumers should first check the vent pipes attached to their natural gas or propane furnaces or boilers.
Vent pipes subject to this recall program can be identified as follows: the vent pipes are plastic;
the vent pipes are colored gray or black;
the vent pipes have the names
'Plexvent', 'Plexvent II', or 'Ultravent' stamped on the vent pipe or
printed on stickers placed on pieces used to connect the vent pipes
Consumers should now check the location of these vent pipes.
For furnaces, only HTPV systems that have vent pipes that go through the sidewalls of structures (horizontal systems) are subject to this program.
For boilers, all HTPV systems are subject to this program.
Other plastic vent pipes, such as white PVC or CPVC, are not involved in this program.
After checking the vent pipes, consumers should call the special toll-free number (800) 758-3688, available between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. EST seven days a week, to verify that their HTPV pipe systems are subject to this recall program. Consumers with eligible systems will receive new, professionally installed venting systems free of charge.
Additionally, consumers who already have replaced their HTPV pipe systems may be eligible for reimbursement for some or all of the replacement costs.
The program came about as a result of mediation among 27 participants manufacturers of HTPV pipes and manufacturers of natural gas or propane-fired boilers and mid-efficiency furnaces. This is the first time that CPSC has used a mediator to bring together all segments of an industry to implement a program for the benefit of consumers.
The following lists the manufacturers participating in this program.
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