CPSC, Venmar CES Inc. Recalls Heat Recovery Ventilators Due to Fire Hazard

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Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Summary Statement

Recall of Venmar CES Light Commercial Heat Recovery Ventilators sold under several brands between January 1991 and July 2007. The units can overheat and cause fires
August 20, 2008

August 20, 2008
Release #08-369
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 698-6283
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Light Commercial Heat Recovery Ventilators

Units: About 3,400

Manufacturer: Venmar CES Inc., of Saskatoon, Canada

Hazard: The motors in these units can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Venmar CES has received three reports of ventilator motors overheating, resulting in fires which caused property damage.

Description: Light Commercial Heat Recovery Ventilators are designed to exchange air between the inside and outside of a building or home in order to provide fresh air. The recall includes the following brand names and model numbers:


Model Number


150/300 Compact, 300/600 Compact


6LC, HRV600i, 12LC, HRV1200i


PrepAir600i, PrepAir1200i


6LC, 12LC


62AA-064---101XX, 62AA-127---101XX

Heil VRC 300 Compact, VRC 600 Compact
Aston HRV600i, HRV1200i
Broan HRV650, HRVl150
Venmate 600H, 1200H

The "X" in the model number can be either a letter or a number. The model number is written on a silver or black label on the outside panel.

Sold by: Heating, plumbing and building supply distributors nationwide from January 1991 through July 2007 for between $1,700 and $2,000.

Manufactured in: Canada

Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off the ventilator, disconnect it from the power supply, and contact Venmar CES to schedule a technician to install a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Venmar CES toll-free at (866) 698-6283 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET Monday through Sunday or visit the firm's Web site at www.venmarces.com

photo of heat recovery ventilator

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