One million thermostats recalled due to fire risk

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More than one million thermostats are being recalled because the batteries can leak and cause a fire.

The thermostats are made by White-Rodgers, but some have different brand names printed on the front, including:

  • ComfortSentry
  • DICO
  • Emerson
  • Frigidaire
  • Maytag
  • Nutone
  • Partners Choice
  • Rheem
  • Ruud
  • Unico
  • Water Furnace
  • Westinghouse
  • Zonefirst

There have been seven reports of burn damage to the thermostat, with two involving minor property damage, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The batteries can leak onto the circuit board, which could start a fire.

No injuries have been reported.

The thermostats were sold for between $30 and $70 at hardware stores and heating and air conditioning companies from January 2006 to December 2013. About 740,000 of the thermostats were sold in the U.S. and 403,000 were sold in Canada.

What to Look For

Recalled thermostats have a blue screen, and a battery compartment on the top left door.

They do not have a battery icon on the left side of its blue lighted screen, the CPSC said. If you see a battery icon on the screen, it is not recalled.

Customers should call White-Rodgers at 888-624-1901 or register at www.regcen.com/1f8recall/ .

White-Rodgers, based in St. Louis, Mo., is a division of Emerson Electric Co. The thermostats were made in China.

As always, don't waste your money.

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