USA: Carrier has expanded the recall of certain models of packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps to more than 500,000.

About 285,000 units were recalled in December 2015 and 185,000 in November 2007 due to the potential for the power cord plug to overheat and catch fire.

The latest recall involves a further 94,000 packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHP) sold under the Bryant, Carrier and Fast brand names.

Recalled units include those with original power cords and those that received a replacement  power cord as part of the 2007 recall.

Carrier is said to have received 14 additional reports of overheating. No injuries have been reported in the additional incidents.

The recalled units have capacities of 7,000; 9,000; 12,000 and 15,000 BTUs and plug into 208/230 volt, 20 amp outlets. The brands and models being recalled are Carrier models 52CE, 52CQ, 52PE, 52PQ, 52PC, 52ME, 53MQ; Bryant models 840, 841, and 842; and Fast models 840, 841, and 842.

Model and serial numbers are located on the ratings/data plate on the right front of the unit, underneath the removable front panel. A complete list of the serial numbers involved in this recall is available at www.carrier.com. 

Manufactured in Mexico, the recalled units were sold at HVAC dealers and factory-direct sales nationwide from January 2002 to December 2009 for between $425 and $675.

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