WASHINGTON, D.C. (KAIT) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Honeywell International Inc., of Morris Township, N.J., announced a voluntary recall of the electric baseboard and fan heater thermostats. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The thermostats can overheat, causing them to melt and smoke. This poses a burn hazard to the consumer.
Of the 77,000 units sold, 16 reports of thermostats melting have been reported to Honeywell. There have been no reports of injuries.
The recalled thermostats are rectangular, white, programmable thermostats used to control electric baseboard and fan heaters. "Honeywell" or "Cadet" is printed on the front of the thermostats that come in various sizes. The model number and four-digit date code are printed on a label inside the front cover of the thermostat. The model numbers listed below are included in this recall. Only models with date codes beginning with 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 or 06 are included.
Brand Name Model Number
The thermostats were sold at improvement stores, HVAC and electrical stores, and contractors from January 2000 to December 2007 for between $80 and $300.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled thermostats by setting the thermostats to 45 degrees or turning them off. Only models with a "B" in the model number have an off switch. Consumers should contact Honeywell for a free replacement installed by Honeywell.