The dangers are extensive. Overheating may cause the heat-exchanger to crack and create openings that allow flames to be exposed. When this occurs, dry wall and other nearby combustibles are exposed to the flames, posing a fire and smoke hazard to consumers.
The firm originally recalled these furnaces in November 2004, after receiving 27 reports of overheating and fire hazards. However, since the recall, 366 additional incidences have been reported, including some involving extreme property damage.
Manufactured in the U.S. between 1995 and 2000, the recalled furnaces includes about 223,600 in the U.S. and 2,400 in Canada, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada reported.
The furnaces are silver with white access panels. The brand names are Coleman, Coleman Evcon, or Red T are located on the middle of the front access panel. The model number is written on the face-plate, found by removing both front access panels. The faceplate is mounted on the left inside surface behind the lower panel. Specific model numbers can be found at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.