November 2, 1989
CPSC Warns Of Potential For Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Involving
Improperly Maintained Coleman 8600 Solar Pak Mobile Home Furnaces
Skillman, NJ (SafetyAlerts) - An inspection and
discount replacement program announced last year for Model 8600 Solar Pak mobile home
furnaces is being continued by the Coleman Company Manufactured Housing Products Division
of Wichita, Kansas, in voluntary cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC). This program was developed in 1988 in response to reports received by
Coleman and the CPSC of deaths and serious injuries caused by leaking carbon monoxide from
aging furnaces which have allegedly been inadequately inspected and maintained and/or
altered or modified. Coleman is continuing its 1988 program to arrange inspections of its
Model 8600 Solar Pak furnaces produced for mobile homes manufactured before December 1971.
Coleman is offering homeowners a free Coleman cooler to encourage participation in this
safety inspection program.
Although approximately 380,000 Solar Pak furnaces were manufactured from 1964 through
1971, relatively few are still operational. The furnaces were sold exclusively for use in
mobile homes either as original equipment or as replacement appliances.
Investigations of the incidents show that no single factor is solely responsible for the
carbon monoxide poisoning incidents. Nearly all of the incidents involved aging furnaces
and a combination of factors, including improper or inadequate maintenance, improper
installation, alteration or modification to the furnace.
To participate in this inspection/replacement program, mobile homeowners should check
their gas furnace for the presence of the Coleman brand name on the front of the furnace.
They can then identify a Coleman Model 8600 Solar Pak by opening the furnace door and
checking the rating plate. If the furnace is a Coleman Model 8600 Solar Pak or if the
homeowner is uncertain, they should call Coleman's toll-free Hotline number,
1-800-232-SOLR or 1-800-232-7657. In Kansas, call collect 1-316-832-6499. Coleman will
assist in arranging an inspection with the closest service center.
Coleman is offering up to a 50 percent discount on certain replacement parts as well as up
to a 50 percent on a new replacement furnace. Furnace installation charges are not
included. Consumers may receive further details of the program by calling the Coleman
toll-free number listed above.
Homeowners are reminded that annual maintenance and inspection of all furnaces are vital
to the safety of consumers and to the proper operation of their furnace. Aging furnaces,
20 years old and older, should receive special annual care and attention to insure
continued safe and efficient operation.
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