Hussong Manufacturing of Lakefield recalls fireplaces

LAKEFIELD – Hussong Manufacturing, based in Lakefield, is recalling approximately 16,000 gas fireplaces and fireplace inserts due to an explosion hazard.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the main control module on the units can allow gas to be released and build up in the burner area, posing an explosion hazard. The company has received nine reports of gas being released prematurely and exploding, causing minor property damage and two reports of abrasions.

The recall affects 22 models, sold under the name Kozy Heat Fireplaces, Ambiance Fireplaces and Stellar Hearth Products. In all, about 13,600 units in the U.S. and 2,170 in Canada are affected. They were manufactured between October 2009 and April 2013.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fireplaces and fireplace inserts, turn off the gas to the units and contact the dealer where the unit was purchased to have the ignition board on the fireplace main control module replaced free of charge. If that dealer is no longer in business, call Hussong Manufacturing at 1-800-253-4904.

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