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July 18, 1995

Release # 95-146
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC, Bemis Manufacturing Co. Announce Recall to Upgrade Humidifiers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Bemis Manufacturing Co. of Sheboygan Falls, Wisc., is announcing a recall to upgrade the safety of approximately 400,000 Waterwick whole house humidifiers. Two electrical switches on the humidifier can overheat and possibly catch fire if cleaning, descaling, and disinfecting solutions are misapplied directly onto the unit's electrical controls.

Consumers should stop using the humidifiers and call Bemis at (800) 765-1122 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. central time Monday through Saturday. Bemis will arrange for a free pickup and repair of the humidifiers. To promote consumer participation in this safety upgrade program, Bemis will include a free two-stage Bemis Air-Care air filter with each upgraded unit. In addition, the upgraded unit will have its warranty extended for 12 months.

This recall program involves only Waterwick whole house (10-12 gallon per day capacity) humidifiers, which have been sold nationwide and in Canada since 1990 at hardware and home supply stores. The humidifiers come in a variety of colors and styles. The control panel in the upper right hand corner of the grill has two control knobs and is labelled in part, "BEMIS WATERWICK." Two 2.6-gallon or greater capacity white water bottles fit inside the humidifier's cabinet. Recalled humidifiers can be identified by the following model numbers located on the large white Underwriters Laboratories (UL) sticker on the back side of the humidifier:

4261 4262 4273 4362 4363 6974 4363CN
4371 4963 4971 4973 6964 6964CN 4261CN

Bemis voluntarily brought this hazard to CPSC's attention and developed a corrective action plan. Bemis is aware of five reports of humidifiers overheating; however, the company and CPSC are not aware of any injuries.

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 obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to