FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2005
Firm's Recall Hotline:(866) 880-4661
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
CPSC, A.O. Smith Recall of Water Heaters
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: 75-Gallon Propane Gas Water Heaters
Units: About 5,000
Manufacturer: A.O. Smith Water Products Co., of Ashland City, Tenn.
Hazard: The water heaters can accumulate soot on the burners, posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recall involves 75-gallon propane gas water heaters.
The heaters have the name "A.O. Smith," "Reliance," "Apollo," "State,"
or "Maytag" on the side of the unit. The model number is located on the
rating plate. Only units with the model numbers listed below and
manufactured between January 2004 and July 2005 are included in the
Brand Name Model Number
A. O. Smith BT-80-271
If your unit has one of the model numbers listed above, locate the
serial number on the rating plate to determine if it was manufactured
between January 2004 and July 2005. The serial numbers of units
manufactured between January 2004 and July 2005 are listed below.
Month/Date of Manufacture: Serial Number Begins With:
Jan-04 MA04 or AA04 or A04
Feb-04 MB04 or AB04 of B04
Mar-04 MC04 or AC04 or C04
Apr-04 MD04 or AD04 or D04
May-04 ME04 or AE04 or E04
Jun-04 MF04 or AF04 or F04
Installed by: Independent contractors and plumbers nationwide from
January 2004 through July 2005 for between $460 and $1,130.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Contact A. O. Smith to arrange for installation of free repair.
Consumer Contact: Contact A.O. Smith toll-free at (866) 880-4661 between
7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.hotwater.com