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CPSC recalls programmable thermostats for fire hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced a recall of the White-Rodgers Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats. The commission says the thermostats pose a fire hazard.

The thermostats pose a hazard because they constantly charge the back-up AA batteries used to power the thermostat's clock. This can cause the batteries to leak, resulting in a fire.

This recall involves all White-Rodgers programmable thermostats with model numbers 1F88-XXX and 1F85RF-275 and date codes beginning with 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 and 1001 through 1039. The model number is printed on the thermostat's front pull-down panel door. The date code is located inside the removable front cover. White-Rodgers and/or the utility company's name and logo are printed on the front of the thermostat.

To fix the problem, consumers should immediately remove the two AA batteries from the thermostat and contact White-Rodgers for a free repair kit.

For additional information, contact White-Rodgers toll-free at (888) 624-1901 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.regcen.com/Thermostat

About 180,000 of the programmable thermostats were sold in the United States.

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