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|Release # 92-016
A.O. Smith Water Products Co. Recalls
30 and 40 Gallon LP and Natural Gas Water Heaters
WASHINGTON, DC--In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), A.O. Smith Water Products Company of Irving,
TX, is voluntarily recalling and replacing approximately 29,000 flue baffles installed in
water heaters manufactured and distributed by its McBee, SC facility between April 16,
1991 and July 9, 1991. The affected water heaters are limited to A.O. Smith natural and
liquefied petroleum gas 30 and 40 gallon heaters. Only FSG and PGX models with serial
numbers beginning with MD91, ME91, MF91, or MG91 are subject to this recall. A.O. Smith
electric water heaters have no flue baffle and therefore are not subject to this recall.
Affected models have oversized flue baffles that may produce unacceptably high levels of
carbon monoxide, high levels of heat at the bottom of the unit, and result in less
efficient operation of the water heater. A.O. Smith has received no reports or claims of
injury resulting from the flue baffle.
CPSC was informed of this potentially unsafe flue baffle by A.O. Smith which, in the
course of its random testing, discovered that high levels of carbon monoxide were being
generated by units fitted with the improperly sized baffles. The company has already
replaced the flue baffles in approximately 13,000 affected water heaters.
The affected water heaters were distributed east of the Mississippi River by plumbing
wholesalers and distributors. A.O. Smith FSG and PGX model water heaters which were
purchased prior to April 1991 or after July 1991 do not contain oversized baffles and are
not subject to the recall. Consumers who own one of the affected water heaters and have
not already received recall information from the company should contact A.O. Smith Water
Products Company toll-free at 1-800-538-9642 to arrange for the free replacement of the
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this recall as part of its
mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
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