FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2005
Release # 05-274
Robertshaw's Hotline: (888) 225-1071
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
CPSC, Robertshaw Controls Co. Announce Recall of Gas Control Valves on
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the manufacturer named below, today announced voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed
Name of Product: Robertshaw R110 Series Gas Control Valves
Units: About 178,000
Manufacturer: Robertshaw Controls Co., of Long Beach, Calif.
Hazard: Screws on some water heater valves could break. If this happens,
gas could leak from the valve, which poses a risk of gas explosion and
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The R110 Gas Control Valves being recalled are installed on
natural and liquid propane (LP) gas water heaters. The recalled valves
were manufactured between July 25, 2005 and August 14, 2005 with
production date codes 5-31 through and including 5-33, although not all
valves with these date codes are affected. The recalled valves were
installed on the following water heater brands: American Proline,
Bradford White, GE, GSW, Hotpoint, Jetglas, John Wood, Lochinvar,
Premier Plus, Powerflex, Rheem, Richmond, Ruud, Vanguard, Whirlpool, and
U.S. Craftmaster. The model and serial number can be found on the
manufacturer's label on the water heater. Electric water heaters are not
Sold: Installed on water heaters by gas appliancedistributors and
retailers, including Home Depot and Lowe's, as well as plumbers and
plumbing/heating equipment suppliers. The gas valves also were sold
separately through gas appliance service providers. Water heaters sold
or serviced prior to July 25, 2005 are not affected.
Assembled in: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers that believe they may have an affected water heater,
please click on http://www.robertshaw.com. Have the model and serial numbers of
your water heater ready. For further assistance, please contact
Robertshaw. The model and serial numbers can be found on the
manufacturer's label on the water heater . Robertshaw will arrange for a
free repair or replacement, if necessary. If you smell gas near the
appliance or in the building, immediately leave the area and call your
gas company or a certified gas technician to investigate the cause.
Consumer Contact: Call Robertshaw at (888) 225-1071 between 8 a.m. and 8
p.m. ET , Monday through Saturday, or visit the firm's Web site at
http://www.robertshaw.com to review a list of the appliances with recalled
valves and to register for the recall.
To view this recall online, please visit our website at:
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Water Heater Gas Valve Recall
This recall is primarily for the manufacturers. The cause is due to Hydrogen embrittlement of the screws. The products are all under warranty and existing valves reworked; sold product contacted at the end user level. There will be little if no exposure to the HVAC repair market. The failure rate is low, but a recall instituted as a prudent measure.
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