Giant Factories recalls water heaters over fire risk

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Posted: Mar 31, 2015 4:22 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Giant Factories of Canada is recalling 240 water heaters that were sold in 2014 because they could catch fire or explode.

The company says that in some cases, the joint between the heater's combustion chamber and the tank that holds the water has been damaged. As a result, a safety feature on the heater may not work, and there could be a fire or explosion if flammable liquids or gases are close to the heater. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is advising consumers to make sure there are no combustible materials near the heater.

Giant Factories is recalling 240 atmospherically vented propane and natural gas water heaters with capacities of 30 to 60 gallons. The heaters were sold at independent distributors in Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania between April and October, and they cost $340 to $830 each. They were made in Canada.

The CPSC says no injuries or incidents have been reported.

The agency says consumers should contact Giant Factories for a free inspection. If there is a space between the bottom of the water tank and the combustion chamber, the company will replace the heater free of charge.