CSA International and Laars Heating Systems Company announce a voluntary recall of gas boilers and water heaters

    TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ - In cooperation with CSA International, Laars
Heating Systems Company of Rochester, New Hampshire announces the voluntary
recall in Canada of approximately 82 units of the 9600 CB Series Condensing
Boilers and 9600 HWG Series Condensing Water Heaters. Internal black plastic
venting components in the boilers and water heaters can crack and leak flue
gases, including carbon monoxide (CO), posing a risk of CO poisoning.
    No injuries or incidents have been reported.
    This recall involves the Laars 9600 CB Condensing Boilers and Laars
9600 HWG Condensing Water Heaters. The CB series is installed as a
space-heating appliance to generate hot water used in a closed-system loop for
hydronic heating systems, such as baseboards or radiant flooring. The HWG
series is installed as a water heater to generate hot water for domestic use,
such as showers, sinks and dishwashers. Consumers can identify the units by
the label on the front that includes the headline "Mark II" at the top and
then either "9600 CB" or "9600 HWG" directly under the headline. The jacket
colours are either putty and black, or taupe (dark grey) and black. On the
right side, a data plate repeats the information, and also contains the
specific model number and BTU size as indicated below. Only the following
product names and model numbers are included in this recall:

    Models      Input (BTUH)
          Gas Boilers
    CB 150         150,000
    CB 175         175,000
    CB 200         200,000
         Water Heaters
    HWG 150        150,000
    HWG 175        175,000
    HWG 200        200,000

    Models CB 250 and HWG 250 are manufactured with an internal CPVC vent
pipe (grey in colour) and are not included in this recall. Any 9600 CB or
9600 HWG boiler or water heater with internal CPVC vent pipe (grey in clour)
is not affected by this recall.
    The affected models were sold nationwide from November 1998 through
February 2007.
    If the exhaust pipe is black and the product is included in this recall,
consumers should contact the Laars Service Department to arrange for a free
repair. In addition, consumers should visually inspect their appliance for any
evidence of cracked or deformed internal vent material, including moisture
inside the jacket or white residue inside or outside of the jacket. If there
is any of this evidence, the unit should be shut down and the consumer should
contact the Laars Service Department immediately. Call Laars Service
Department at (905) 844-8233 extension 227 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST,
Monday to Friday, to schedule a no-cost replacement of the affected part or
visit www.Laars.com. The website will have an email link to contact the
manufacturer. Have your model and serial numbers available.

    About CSA International
    CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification
services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other
products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA's marks
appear on billions of products worldwide. CSA International is a division of
CSA Group, which also includes: CSA, a developer of standards and codes;
OnSpeX for consumer product evaluation services; and QMI, a leading North
American management systems registrar. CSA International can be found online
at www.csa-international.org

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For further information:

For further information: Anthony Toderian, Senior Media Relations
Officer, CSA Group, T: (416) 747-2620, E: anthony.toderian@csagroup.org

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