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US recall of 150,000 Emerson thermostats

USA: Emerson subsidiary White-Rodgers has announced a recall of 150,000 Emerson-branded Sensi wifi thermostats in the US and Canada amid fire concerns.

The recall affects around 135,000 thermostats sold in the USA and a further 15,000 sold in Canada. The units were sold at Johnstone, Home Depot and Golden State FC stores and HVAC equipment distributors nationwide between April 2014 and December 2016.

It has been found that contact between the thermostat wires and household line voltage can damage the thermostat, posing a fire hazard. There have been eight reports of burn damage to the thermostat, involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The recall involves SensiWiFi thermostats with “Emerson” printed on the front and a date code from 1416 to 1536 on the back. Recalled thermostats have model numbers 1F86U-42WF or UP500W.

Consumers have been asked to contact White-Rodgers to determine if the unit is included in the recall and for instructions on repair and/or replacement. The White-Rodgers toll-free number is 888-847-8742. Further information is contained on the Emerson website.

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