The St. John’s Regional Fire Department says a recall has been issued by Health Canada for a variety of thermostats that residents may have in their homes.
The units may overheat, emit smoke and damage the wall, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Since June 2011, Health Canada has received 26 reports of incidents from consumers and retailers regarding the use of these thermostats, including overheating, melting, smoke and damage to the wall. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled thermostats and contact the retailer from whom they purchased it, as the importer is no longer in business.
Otherwise, consumers should remove and discard the thermostats according to their local municipal disposal requirements.
The product recall includes online voltage thermostats listed as follows:
Garrison — HTM611, HTM621;
Maison — HTM511, HTM611;
Noma — HTM211, HTM 311, MTM611, HTM621;
Rona — HTM611;
Upm — HTM211, HTM 311, HTM511, HTM611, HTM621.
The THM211 and THM311 models were recalled in 2002 by CSA International and the Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario.
Note: some thermostat model numbers may have a letter after them; e.g., HTM221A. This letter indicates a minor, non-electrical variation in the product, such as the shape of the LCD window or buttons or the colour of the unit.