Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Product Recall: Carrier Air Conditioners

The Carrier Corporation is one of the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and also a global leader in commercial refrigeration and food service equipment. Willis Carrier, the found of the company, invented the modern air conditioner in 1902, and he succeeded in marketing his home cooling products to consumers in the 1950s. This created a revolution in home cooling systems, as former sparsely populated areas such as the American Southwest now became actual suburbs. Today, Carrier is currently the largest producer of air conditioners in the world.

However, on November 7, 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a voluntary recall on Carrier packaged terminal air conditioner and heat pumps manufactured between 2002 and 2005. These 185,000 air conditioners and heat pumps, manufactured in Mexico by Carrier Corp., were recalled because the electric heater in these units posed a fire hazard. At this time, although no injuries have been reported, Carrier has received five reports of electric heater failures which have resulted in fires contained to the unit.

The model numbers included in this recall involves the 53C and 52P models sold in HVAC dealers and factory direct sales, and the unbranded model 84 unit sold through the Bryant and FAST channels.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends consumers stop using the heating mode of the recalled units until they are inspected in accordance with Carrier’s inspection instructions, which can be found at the Carrier website. Consumers are also encouraged to contact Carrier directly to receive a free repair.

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