About 77,000 Electric Baseboard and Fan Heater Thermostats have been recalled by Honeywell International Inc., of Morris Township, N.J. The thermostats can overheat, causing them to melt and smoke. This poses a burn hazard to the consumer. Honeywell has received 16 reports of thermostats melting. There have been no reports of injuries, according to the company. The recalled thermostats are rectangular, white, programmable thermostats used to control electric baseboard and fan heaters.
“Honeywell” or “Cadet” is printed on the front of the thermostats that come in various sizes. The model number and four-digit date code are printed on a label inside the front cover of the thermostat. The thermostats were sold at Home improvement stores, HVAC and electrical stores, and through contractors from January 2000 to December 2007 for between $80 and $300. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled thermostats by setting the thermostats to 45 degrees or turning them off. Only models with a “B” in the model number have an off switch. Consumers should contact Honeywell for a free replacement installed by Honeywell. For additional information, contact Honeywell toll-free at (888) 235-7363 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT. Monday through Friday or visit its website at http://www.yourhome.honeywell.com/T4700.