OTTAWA, Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ -
Consumers are being advised to stop using Majestic brand fireplaces that
bear the trade names Insta-flame or Northern Flame (Models FSDV22,
FSDV30 and FSDV32, Series). The relief dampers may not function
properly causing the excess gas to ignite and then the glass to explode
when lighting the fireplace, posing a serious risk to the safety of
Who is affected:
Canadians with the natural gas and propane-fired direct vent
free-standing fireplaces manufactured by CFM Inc. (Majestic Fireplace)
bearing the trade names Insta-flame or Northern Flame: Models FSDV22,
FSDV30 and FSDV32, Series.
What consumers should do:
Consumers should immediately stop using these fireplaces.
Any affected fireplaces currently in use should have the fuel supply
disconnected immediately. The manufacturer is no longer in business and
there is no retro fit kit available. Contact a licensed gas technician
What industry should do:
Canadian retailers and distributors of these fireplaces should
immediately cease sale.
Manufacturers, importers, distributors or retailers that become aware of
incidents, including recalls initiated for human health or safety
reasons by foreign entities, related to this or any consumer product
that they supply are required to report the incident to Health Canada. Guidance on mandatory reporting is available on Health Canada's website.
What Health Canada is doing:
Health Canada is warning consumers to stop using these fireplaces
immediately as there is a risk of the glass exploding, which poses a
serious safety risk. This advisory has been issued, instead of a recall
notice, because CFM Inc. is no longer in business.
Since 2006, there have been six (6) incidents involving these fireplaces
reported to the Technical Standards and Safety Authority of Ontario
(TSSA). In these cases, delayed ignition occurred expelling glass into
the living space causing personal injury. Health Canada has received
one (1) report of this fireplace's glass exploding and no injury was
Models FSDV22, FSDV30 and FSDV32, Series bear a Canadian Gas Association
(CGA) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certification mark.
Delayed ignition tests, per the CSA standard, were conducted on a
sample fireplace by the TSSA and CSA. During testing, the fireplace's
relief dampers did not prevent the glass from blowing out. The concern is that the relief
dampers do not adequately relieve the pressure caused by a build-up of
unburned natural or propane gas when ignition is delayed. If someone
tries to light the fireplace when there is a gas build-up, an explosion
could result expelling the fireplace glass into the living space and
causing personal injury.
Natural gas and propane-fired direct vent free-standing fireplaces
manufactured by CFM Inc. (Majestic Fireplace) that bear the trade names
Insta-flame or Northern Flame (Models FSDV22, FSDV30 and FSDV32,
Series). The word "Series" includes all suffixes and prefixes
associated with these models. For example, suffixes to the model number
such as "N" could mean natural gas, "T" could be Top Vent and "R" could
mean rear vent. These types of variations on the models, among others,
would all be included in this advisory.
For more information:
Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this
advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at
613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.
Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health
Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.
How to report problems with consumer products:
Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or
safety incidents related to the use of a consumer product or cosmetic.
An easy-to-use incident report form is now available on the Department's website.
Mail: Incident Report - Consumer Product Safety Directorate
123 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1A 0K9
Stay connected with Health Canada and receive the latest advisories and
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SOURCE: Health Canada
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