FORT WAYNE, Ind. - American Flame Inc., in cooperation with CSA International, is voluntarily recalling approximately 12,000 fireplace gas valves in North America. The valves can continue to allow gas flow through the pilot when the valve has been switched to “OFF,” posing a fire or explosion hazard. Consumers should stop using fireplaces with the affected valves immediately and turn off the gas supply.

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

The recall involves American Flame AF-4000 series fireplace gas valves installed in residential fireplaces made by 12 manufacturers under the following brand names: Pacific Energy, Travis Industries, CFM Corp., 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 the bottom of each gas valve. The date code is located above the label.

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Publication date:08/11/2008