CSA International and Robertshaw Controls Company Announce the Voluntary Recall of Certain Models of 7000 Series Gas Control Valves

November 22, 2004

In cooperation with CSA International, Robertshaw Controls Company of Carol Stream, Illinois is voluntarily recalling approximately 450,000 Robertshaw 7000 Series Gas Control Valves worldwide, including Canada. If the gas pilot light goes out in products using them, the gas control valves may stick in the open position, permitting gas to flow continuously and potentially resulting in a gas explosion and fire that could lead to severe injury and/or property damage.

Robertshaw has received a report of one incident with the 7000 Series valve worldwide, involving one minor injury.

The 7000 Series Gas Valves that are being recalled are installed in gas appliances including: residential space heaters, wall heaters, boilers, fireplaces, pool heaters, infrared heaters and furnaces and commercial heating applications such as commercial cooking appliances, fryers, commercial water heaters and poultry brooders. The recalled valves were manufactured between February 2003 and September 2004 and have production dates beginning with the code 0306 and ending with 0436.

Model numbers 7010 and above are not included in the recall. Model numbers with the letters “D” or “GV” also are not included in the recall. Finally, model numbers, which include the letters “MV” are not included except for those “MV” models, which also include the letters “LP” and model numbers 7000AMV, 7000BMV, 7000BMVS7CL, 7000MVLC and 7000MVRCLC. In addition, “MV” valves with the indicated date codes that have been converted to Propane gas use, are also included in the recall.

The valves were sold through gas appliance retailers and distributors, food service equipment manufacturers and dealers; specialty retailers, such as fireplace, pool and spa dealers; and poultry equipment manufacturers. The valves were also sold separately through gas appliance service providers.

Anyone who thinks they may have an affected valve should call Robertshaw’s toll free number at 1(800) 232-9389 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or visit  www.robertshaw.com .com to review a list of affected valves and to register for the recall. Those contacting Robertshaw should have the date code of the 7000 gas valve readily available. If required, Robertshaw Controls Company will arrange for free repair or replacement of the recalled gas valves.

If anyone smells gas near the appliance or in the building, they should immediately leave the area and call a certified gas technician to investigate the cause. If you do not smell gas, check the pilot lights on your gas appliances. If any pilot lights are out, do not attempt to relight. Have the appliance examined by a qualified technician.

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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; and OnSpeX for consumer product evaluation services. CSA International can be found online at www.csa-international.org.