Will Consumers Find Out About The Navien Heater Recall, Due To Carbon Monoxide Risk?

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Posted on 31st December 2011 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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Earlier this week the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the voluntary recall of 13,000 tankless waters heaters. These heaters pose a threat of leaking carbon monoxide, a lethal colorless, odorless gas.

But we have to wonder, how many people are aware of this recall? And how many people could be victims of  carbon monoxide poisoning from these Korean-made heaters, which were distributed by Navien America Inc. of Irvine, Calif.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12074.html

The Navien water heaters pose a hazard because “an unstable connection can cause the water heater’s vent collar to separate or detach if pressure is applied,” according to the CPCS’s press release.  “A detached vent collar poses a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the consumer,” the CPCS said.

Although there have been no reports in injuries yet, these heaters pose a serious danger. 

Today we Googled “Navien heater recall” to see how much press coverage the recall got. Although almost 200 stories came up in that search. That may sound like a lot, but most of them buried the heater recall as part of roundups of many other product recalls.

It’s too bad the CPCS doesn’t have a more comprehensive method of distributing news about its recalls, especially one involving such a potentially dangerous product, the Navien heaters. 

Let’s hope word does spread and these 13,000 heaters are found and returned.


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
g@gordonjohnson.com :: 800-992-9447 :: Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.

Water Heaters Recalled Because They Pose Carbon Monoxide Risk

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Posted on 29th December 2011 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) this week announced the recall of an estimated 13,000 water heaters that have a defect that could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12074.html

The voluntary recall is being done in conjunction with the company that imported the “instantaneous” or tankless water heaters, Navien America Inc. of Irvine, Calif.  They were manufactured by Kyung Dong Navien Co. of South Korea.

The Navien water heaters pose a hazard because “an unstable connection can cause the water heater’s vent collar to separate or detach if pressure is applied,” according to the CPCS’s press release Tuesday.

“A detached vent collar poses a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the consumer,” the CPCS said.

So far, no one has been injured in an incident involving the recalled water heaters.

The recalled  Navien tankless hot water heaters are white with “T-Creator” and “NAVIEN” on the front.  The recalled model numbers are CR-180(A), CR-210(A), CR-240(A), CC-180(A), CC-210(A) and CC-240(A) manufactured in 2008.

A label on the side of the water heater lists the model number along with the manufacturing year in YYYY format.

The suspect heaters were sold by wholesale distributors to in-home installers nationwide from February 2008 through March 2009, for between $1,500 and $2,100.

The CPSC warned consumers to immediately stop using and check the model and manufacture year information on their Navien water heater.

Consumers with recalled water heaters should immediately contact Navien to schedule a free repair. Navien will replace all Nylon 66 vent collar with PVC collars. Consumers who continue use of the water heaters while awaiting repair, should have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed outside of sleeping areas in the home.

The CPSC advised  people seeking additional information to contact Navien at (800) 244-8202 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or to visit the company’s  website at www.navienamerica.com

http://www.navienamerica.com/

On its own website, Navien said, “In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Navien America Inc. (“Navien”) has, on its own decision, proactively initiated a recall to replace the Nylon 66 exhaust vent collars with PVC collars on certain tankless water heaters.

The vent collars of the products manufactured by Navien in 2008 were not properly connected to the vent pipes in some cases. In the event pressure is applied, then the vent could separate and break away from the collar. If the vent separates from the vent collar, then this could lead to the risk of carbon monoxide leaks and poisoning if the water heater is located inside the house.”

http://www.navienamerica.com/event/notice_view.aspx?idx=12&skin=notice&kind=view

Regardless of the type of water heater that is used, every home should have a CO alarm outside all sleeping areas and consumers should ensure that their CO alarms have working batteries, according to the CPSC.

 

 

 

 

 


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
g@gordonjohnson.com :: 800-992-9447 :: Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.

Iowa Man Dies From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Wife Still Surviving

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Posted on 5th December 2011 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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An Iowa man died Sunday after being hospitalized for nearly two weeks for carbon monoxide poisoning, while his wife remains a survivor of the lethal gas that filled their home, according to the Quad-Cities Times.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/davenport-man-dies-from-carbon-monoxide-poisoning/article_c4000e3e-1ee3-11e1-a221-0019bb2963f4.html

John Christiansen, a 59-year-old Davenport man, was at Trinity Pathway Hospice, Bettendorf, when he passed away Sunday. He and his wife Donna were discovered, unresponsive, by one of their sons on Nov. 22, the Quad-Cities Times reported.

The couple was brought to Iowa City on that date. Donna had been treated at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City,  but the Quad-Cities Times couldn’t confirm whether she is still a patient there or what her condition is.

Last week local fire officials said that the Christiansens sustained carbon monoxide poisoning because of a “improperly installed vent cap on the roof, which appears to be recently installed,” according to the Quad-Cities Times.

When EMTs came to the Christiansen home the day of the incident, John had already been taken out of the house by one or more of the couple’s sons.  The medics then helped the family get Donna out of the house, 

Local officials are using the tragedy as a teaching moment, telling Iowa residents that they should have carbon monoxide detectors and check fuel-burning devices, the Quad-Cities Times reported.

Donna Christiansen works for the Davenport Public Library System, and her husband had just retired from Rock Island Arsenal. 


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
g@gordonjohnson.com :: 800-992-9447 :: Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.