February 15, 2001Two Deaths Prompt Water Heater
VT (SafetyAlerts) - Controlled
Energy Corporation (CEC) announced today it is recalling about 320 AquaStar natural gas
water heaters. The heaters can produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the exhaust
gas, which can cause serious injuries and death.
CPSC and Controlled Energy have received reports of two deaths and two injuries in
Manitoba, Canada, reportedly caused by the release of carbon monoxide from the water
The AquaStar natural gas water heaters were made in Portugal, and were distributed in the
United States as model number AQ38B NG. The water heater is off-white in color, with the
word "AquaStar" in red, on the front of the unit. The model number can be found
on the rating plate, on the right side of the water heater.
The water heaters were sold nationwide through plumbing supply stores and plumbing
contractors from March 1997 to January 2001, for about $440, plus installation.
Consumers who have the recalled AquaStar unit (model number AQ38B NG), should turn off the
water heater immediately and call Controlled Energy Corporation toll-free at (800)
642-3111 between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. CEC is offering consumers
a free on-site repair conducted by a licensed professional plumber.
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