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NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2008
Release #08-277

Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 672-8929
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

American Flame Recalls Fireplaces to Replace Gas Valves Due to Fire and Explosion Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Fireplace Gas Valves

Units: About 12,000

Manufacturer: American Flame Inc., of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Hazard: Gas can continue to flow into the fireplace pilot light area after the
switch has been turned "off," posing a fire or explosion hazard to
consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: American Flame has received two reports of incidents
involving valve failure and continuous gas flow. No injuries or fires have been
reported.

Description: The recall involves American Flame AF-4000 series fireplace gas
valves installed in residential fireplaces made by twelve manufacturers under
the following brand names: Pacific Energy, Travis Industries, CFM Corporation,
Canadian Heating Products, Portland Willamette, Rasmussen, Chimeneas de
Columbia, Twin Eagles, FDM, Inca Metals (Savannah Heating), Even Temp, and
Valley Comfort. The valves were installed in some but not all fireplaces. Date
codes included in the recall include 0622 through 0718. The gas valve model
number is located on a label on the bottom of each gas valve. The date code is
located above the label.

Sold by: Fireplace retailers and distributors nationwide from September 2006
through July 2007 for between $500 and $2,000 for the fireplaces, with
additional costs for installation.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fireplaces and
contact their dealer for a free repair. The repair involves replacing the
fireplace's valve if it leaks gas in the "off" position when
tested by a qualified service technician.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact American Flame toll-free
at (888) 672-8929 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET to determine if your fireplace
is included in the recall and to arrange for a free repair, or visit the
firm's Web site at www.skytechsystem.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled
product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/recalls/2008/american-flame-recalls-fireplaces-to-replace-gas-valves-due-to-fire-and-explosion-hazards/

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the
public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries
and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than
$800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and
families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical
hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as
toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals -
contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries
associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's
hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. Consumers
can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at
www.cpsc.gov.

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