September 9, 2002Valor Heating Has Recalled Wall
Mount Gas Fireplaces
United Kingdom (SafetyAlerts)
- Valor Heating Ltd. has recalled
about 730 direct vent wall mount gas fireplaces. A design defect in the gas
control assembly can allow main burner gas to prematurely enter the firebox
during lighting. The ignition of this excess gas can cause the glass window
to shatter, presenting the risk of burns or cuts from broken glass.
Valor has received one report of cuts to the consumer's face when the glass
front of the fireplace shattered after excess gas ignited.
This recall includes model 837AN (natural gas) and 837AP (propane) direct
vent wall mount fireplaces made in the United Kingdom. The fireplaces have a
glass front and an imitation wooden log set. The "Valor" logo is printed on
the bottom front of the fireplace. The model number is printed on a plate in
the lower control area.
Specialty fireplace dealers sold these fireplaces nationwide from September
1997 through January 2002 for between $1,700 and $2,400. Consumers should
stop using these fireplaces and shut off the gas immediately. To arrange for
a free repair, consumers should contact Valor at (866) 541-0930 between 8
a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at