Every year, thousands of people across the United States suffer severe and potentially fatal injuries because of carbon monoxide exposure. Far too often in these cases, a defective boiler, CO alarm, or other recalled product allowed this deadly gas to accumulate in an enclosed space completely unnoticed.
The Killino Firm’s carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers believe the victims of preventable injuries and wrongful deaths should receive compensation for their pain and suffering. If you or a loved one were hurt because of leaking CO gas, and you believe a faulty product was to blame, please call our law firm toll free at 877-875-2927 to speak with an attorney and learn more about your legal rights.
What You Should Know About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas found in fumes produced by fuel-burning appliances or by burning charcoal and wood. When inhaled, CO gas enters the bloodstream and replaces the oxygen usually carried by red blood cells, eventually leading to severe brain damage and even death.
Carbon monoxide exposure kills at least 430 Americans and sends more than 50,00 others to the emergency room every year. The majority of CO poisonings occur in the winter, and more than half take place in the home.
Depending on the level of exposure, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause symptoms ranging from a dull headache, weakness, and dizziness to nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, and loss of consciousness. A carbon monoxide leak is particularly dangerous for someone who is sleeping or intoxicated, as they may suffer irreversible brain damage or even die before anyone realizes there’s a problem.
Product Recalls for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Since November 2016, carbon monoxide hazards of one kind or another have prompted at least nine companies to recall defective boilers, CO alarms, and other products:
Gorilla Commerce Recalls Oven Liners
In October 2020, Gorilla Commerce recalled roughly 1,600 Heavy Duty Oven Liners following one report of a consumer’s carbon monoxide alarm going off while using the products. According to the recall notice, CO can accumulate if the liner is not cut or configured to exact specifications and placed over any vents or other openings in the oven.
The black fiberglass oven liners were sold at Amazon.com and GorillaGrip.com from June 2020 through August 2020 for between $8 and $12. Extra Thick and Gorilla Grip with a gorilla logo are printed on the packaging.
Gorilla Commerce is notifying and providing refunds to all known purchasers. Consumers who have not received their refund should contact the company.
Triangle Tube Recalls Gas Boilers Following Report of 1 Death
In July 2020, Triangle Tube recalled around 63,000 Prestige Solo and Prestige Excellence gas boilers following a report of one death from carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the recall notice, flue gas can escape from the gas boilers if the vent adapter is not securely reattached to the boiler after maintenance or repair.
The recalled boilers were sold at distributors and installed by independent contractors nationwide from November 2011 through July 2020 for between $3,400 and $9,700.
Consumers with a recalled boiler should immediately contact Triangle Tube to schedule a free repair. Those who continue using the boilers while awaiting repair should have working carbon monoxide alarms on each level of their homes and outside sleeping areas. Consumers who do not have a carbon monoxide alarm can contact Triangle Tube to have one shipped to them free of charge.
Lochinvar Recalls Condensing Residential Boilers
In June 2020, Lochinvar LLC recalled 34,300 condensing residential boilers because the flue grommet can deteriorate and dislodge. This could cause the boiler to emit carbon monoxide, posing a risk of CO poisoning for consumers. The firm has received seven reports of a boiler’s flue grommets deteriorating, including one report of two nonfatal injuries involving carbon monoxide poisoning.
The boilers involved in this recall were sold by independent contractors, plumbers, plumbing supply vendors, and distributors from August 2016 through June 2020. They cost between $8,000 and $25,000, including installation.
Consumers with the recalled boilers should immediately contact the installer or a qualified technician to schedule a free repair. Anyone continuing to use the boilers while awaiting repair should have working carbon monoxide alarms outside of sleeping areas and on every level of the home.
Bosch Thermotechnology Buderus Boiler Recall
In December 2019, Bosch Thermotechnology recalled around 170 Buderus GB125-35 oil-condensing boilers with a siphon that can become blocked. This may result in a delayed ignition that can damage the boiler’s exhaust system, creating a carbon monoxide hazard.
The affected boilers have a blue enclosure with the GB125-35 model number located on the data plate near the top right-hand side. They were sold at wholesale distributors and installed by independent contractors nationwide from June 2008 through September 2012 for about $6,000.
Consumers should immediately contact Bosch for a free repair. Those who continue to use the boilers while awaiting repair should have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed outside of the home’s sleeping areas.
Navien Tankless Water Heater and Boiler Recall
In December 2018, Navien, Inc. recalled about 3,400 condensing tankless water heaters and combination boilers for a potential CO hazard. According to the recall notice, a kit installed to convert the products from natural gas to propane may cause the unit to produce excessive amounts of carbon monoxide.
This recall only affects Navien condensing tankless water heaters and combination boilers with model numbers NPE-180A, NPE-180S, and NCB-180E that have been converted from natural gas to propane gas. These products were manufactured between July 9, 2018 through October 14, 2018.
Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled water heaters and boilers converted to propane gas and contact Navien for a free replacement conversion kit. Consumers who continue using the water heaters and boilers while awaiting repair should have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed outside of the home’s sleeping areas.
Hayward Industries Recalls Pool Heater Vent Kits
In June 2018, Hayward Industries recalled approximately 280 Pool Heater Vent Kits because they were not the proper size and could allow carbon monoxide to leak, posing a CO poisoning hazard to consumers.
This recall involves the Hayward UHXNEGVT15001 Negative Pressure 6-inch Vent Kit used exclusively on the Hayward H500FD Gas Heaters. The kits include the following components:
- One vent pipe adapter for negative pressure galvanized vent pipe
- One flue cover plate with a hole for vent
- #10 sheet metal screws
- vent pressure switches
- Vent pressure switch tubing
- Vent pressure switch jumper wire
The name Hayward is stamped into the furnace housing above the water pipes. The model and serial number H500FD is located to the left of the water pipes. These recalled products were sold at pool equipment distributors nationwide and online at poolsupply4less.com and tcpoolequipment.com from March 2015 through April 2019 for about $265.
Consumers should immediately turn off the pool heater and contact Hayward for free replacement and installation of a new vent kit. Do not use the pool heater until a new vent kit is installed.
Viessman Boiler Recall
In April 2019, the Veissman Manufacturing Co. recalled around 2,900 boilers because their back heat exchanger plate could corrode and leak flue gases. This would allow the boiler to emit excessive amounts of carbon monoxide, posing a CO poisoning hazard to consumers.
This recall involves the Vitodens 200-W and Vitodens 222-F series boilers used for space or domestic water heating. The boilers were made in Germany and sold by Viessmann Authorized Dealers from September 2014 through October 2018 for between $2,700 and $4,200.
Consumers with the recalled Veissman boilers should immediately contact the place of purchase or Viessmann to schedule a free in-home safety inspection and repair. Consumers who continue using the boilers while awaiting repair should have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed outside of the home’s sleeping areas.
NY Thermal Recalls Boilers for CO Leak Hazard
In May 2018, NY Thermal recalled roughly 16,000 Trinity Tft and Slant/Fin CHS residential and commercial boilers in response to reports of the grommet seal deteriorating or becoming dislodged and the boiler leaking condensation and carbon monoxide.
The recalled boilers were sold by NTI professional wholesalers, heating and plumbing contractors, and home appliance wholesalers nationwide from October 2011 through January 2018 for between $5,000 and $14,000.
Consumers with one of these products should immediately contact the installer or distributor to schedule a free repair. Consumers who continue using the boilers while awaiting repair should have a working carbon monoxide alarm outside of sleeping areas and on every level of the home.
Kidde Recalls CO/Smoke Alarms Due to Alarm Failure
In November 2016, Kidde recalled about 3.6 million combination CO/smoke alarms after receiving eight alarm failure reports. The recall involved Kidde NightHawk talking combo smoke/CO alarm with model number KN-COSM-IB and manufacture dates between June 1, 2004, and December 31, 2010. The alarms were hard-wired into a home’s electric power.
Each unit features a compartment on the back for the installation of a replaceable 9V backup battery. The alarms are white, round, and measure about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. The recalled CO/smoke alarms were sold at electrical distributors and home centers nationwide and online at Amazon.com from June 2004 through December 2010 for between $40 and $65.
Consumers who still have these recalled alarms should immediately stop using them and contact Kidde directly for a free replacement alarm based on the date of manufacture or a discount on a new alarm.
Our carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers have the resources and experience to ensure the victims of negligent accidents and wrongful death receive the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one suffered an injury related to any of these carbon monoxide product recalls, and you’d like to speak with an attorney, please do not hesitate to contact the Killino Law Firm at 1-877-875-2927.