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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
April 1, 1992
Release # 92-071

Amana Recalls Certain Model Room Air Conditioner Switches

PRODUCT: Control switches on certain model Amana 208/230 volt room air conditioners distributed from June 1987 through October 1991.

PROBLEM: Control switch may overheat in the "off" position and cause a fire.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should have the switch replaced by an authorized Amana servicer. Call 1-800-262-3121 to find the nearest Amana service center.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Amana Refrigeration, Inc., of Amana, IA, is voluntarily recalling the control switches on certain models of its 208/230-volt room air conditioners. The switch may overheat in the "off" position and cause a fire.

CPSC was informed of this potential hazard by Amana Refrigeration, Inc. after Amana received notice from the control switch manufacturer that overheating could occur. Amana is aware of 14 switch failures with no reported injuries.

The affected room air conditioners were distributed by Amana nationwide from June 1987 through October 1991. Approximately 130,000 units were sold to consumers or remain in dealer inventory. The air conditioners sold for about $500 -$600 each. The serial numbers of the models included in the recall are:

Model No. Mfg. No. From To
ES1123A P6968407R 8707011078 8806126842
ES2183A P9938605R 8709034615 8806086274
12C3A P6968413R 8808061439 9105092687
12C3A P6968419R 8810098399 8811057379
12C3A P6968420R 8908098339 9011051971
12C3B P1118108R 9106053390 9109199032
18C3SA P9938613R 8810062411 9105078912


Amana has initiated a comprehensive replacement program for the switches. Any consumer with one of the affected room air conditioners should unplug the product and have the switch replaced by an authorized Amana servicer. Overheating cannot occur if the unit is unplugged.

Consumers should call 1-800-262-3121 to find their nearest Amana servicer or to have any questions answered. Amana is also notifying, by direct mail, owners of the affected air conditioners who submitted ownership registration cards.

The mission of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.

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 CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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