July 9, 1998
Release # 98-139
|CONTACT: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Honeywell Announce Revised Rating and
Recall of Electric Baseboard Heater Thermostats
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Honeywell Inc. of
Minneapolis, Minn., is revising the rating of 26,000 electric baseboard heater thermostats
and recalling about 2,600 of the devices in the United States. The thermostats are used
only on electric baseboard heaters. The thermostats were rated at a higher wattage than
they are able to handle. If too much power runs through the thermostats, they can
overheat, presenting a potential fire hazard.
In the United States, Honeywell has found 10 instances of thermostats overheating when
connected to baseboard heaters using over 3000 watts. In two instances, the unit ignited,
resulting in fire damage to the thermostat's casing and smoke damage to the surrounding
wall. No injuries have been reported.
The electric baseboard heater thermostats were rated to a 3800 watt maximum, which is a
higher wattage than they are able to handle. For thermostats connected to heaters above
2500 watts, Honeywell will send consumers a replacement thermostat rated to 5280 watts.
For thermostats connected to heaters at 2500 watts and below, Honeywell will send
consumers new labels to revise the maximum wattage to 2500 watts.
The thermostat carries the Honeywell brand name with model T4600 or CT1650. The thermostat
also was sold under the King Chronolux brand name with model K4600S. The brand name is
stamped on front of the unit, and the model number is located underneath the unit's
snap-off front cover. The unit is rectangular in shape and it is white. It has a digital
temperature display window near the top with four programming buttons arranged vertically
Home centers and hardware stores throughout the United States sold the thermostats between
January 1996 and June 1998 for less than $80. The thermostats also have been installed in
homes by contractors.
Consumers should stop using the electric baseboard heater thermostat, models T4600, CT1650
and K4600S, and call Honeywell toll free at (877) 575-4533 anytime to determine if their
thermostat is involved in this recall. Honeywell will help consumers determine the wattage
connected to the thermostat and provide help with any other problems.
Honeywell also sold thermostats in Canada. Canada is issuing its own recall announcement.
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
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