Research Products recalls 40,000 steam humidifiers

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The steam humidifiers may overheat, posing a fire hazard

Research Products of Madison, Wis., is recalling about 40,000 steam humidifiers sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The steam humidifiers containing a specific type of electrode wire with a “D” shaped connector can loosen causing arcing and/or overheating, posing a fire hazard.

The firm has received 103 reports of the humidifiers overheating, including 10 incidents resulting in smoke or residential fires, totaling more than $10 million in damage.

This recall involves Research Products steam humidifiers with “D” shaped electrode connector wires sold under the AprilAire, Coleman, Luxaire, Bryant, Carrier and York brand names.

The steam humidifiers are generally installed alongside HVAC equipment but are separate units.

The model number can be found on a silver label placed in the bottom left corner on the outside left side panel of the Steam Humidifier.

A list of the model numbers included in the recall may be found here.

The steam humidifiers, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at HVAC contractors nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Sylvane.com, Supplyhouse.com, Humidifiers.com and other websites from June 2010, through January 2015, installed for between $2,000 and $3,500.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using and shut off the recalled humidifiers and contact Research Products to receive a free electrode wire repair kit and assistance with identifying a qualified contractor to schedule an appointment for a free replacement of their electrode connector wires.

Consumers may contact Research Products toll-free at (888) 742-2401 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or online at www.rpcrecall.com/steamhumidifier for more information.

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