November 21, 2014

Recall: Heating System Thermostats by OJ Electronics Due to Shock Hazard

Name of Product: 208-Volt and 240-Volt Thermostats

Units: About 30,000

Importer/Distributor: OJ Electronics, of Chicago, Ill.

Hazard: The recalled thermostat’s floor sensor or its cable can be damaged from cutting, drilling, or nailing. This poses a risk of electric shock to consumers if the power supply is not disconnected.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recall involves thermostats that have a built-in GFCI and are designed for use in under-floor heating systems. Thermostats included in the recall are connected to 208-Volt or 240-Volt power supplies (120V units are not included in the recall). They were sold under the brand names of Canisol, Danfoss, Elektra, Momento, OJ Microline, Raychem, Thermosoft, Warmly Yours and Warmup. The brand name is located on the front of the thermostat.

Sold at: Various home improvement stores, tile shops and other retail shops nationwide from January 2004 through December 2008 for between $150 and $200.

Manufactured in: Denmark

Remedy: Consumers should not cut, drill or nail into the heated floor, and contact the manufacturer to arrange for a free in-home repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact OJ Electronics at (800) 380-6940 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.ojelectronics.com

Comments

  1. Insteon Thermostat says:

    Because somehow not drilling, nailing or cutting into a floor with known wiring is not obvious…

  2. John Frykman says:

    Houses in most of the US are wired with type NMG (non-metallic with ground) cable. It is not protected where it runs through the wall space other than a plate over the stud which is somewhat resistant to drill-through.

    If the same standard is applied to type NMC cable installations as is being applied to the sensor cable, then the all the wiring in residential units must be torn out and replaced with some other type of wiring.

    This is indeed idiotic.

  3. “Thermostats included in the recall are connected to 208-Volt or 240-Volt power supplies” really?