The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the voluntary recall of approximately 15,000 Monessen Hearth Systems Signature Command™ Controlled Direct and B-Vent gas fireplaces and inserts due to the risk of fire. A control component in the inserts and fireplaces may prevent the unit from lighting even though the gas is on, presenting a fire hazard.
The recall includes electronically controlled Monessen, Vermont Castings, and Majestic B-vent and direct-vent gas inserts and fireplaces with serial numbers that range from:
- 12-X-000275 to 12-X-015206;
- 11-X-027322 to 11-X-031501;
- 11-P-032597 to 11-P-059389; and
- 12-P-000202 to 12-P-037583.
The first two digits of the serial number represent the year manufactured, the letter refers to the particular facility where manufactured, and the final six sequential numbers are randomly selected. The serial number is printed on a rating plate, which is attached to an interior cable accessible through the side or lower control door.
The recalled fireplaces were sold from October 2011 to October 2012 for between $1,030 and $8,160 at hearth distributers and dealers across the nation.
Consumers may turn off the fireplace as suggested in the notice published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (see link above); and should call Monessen Hearth Systems at (877) 406-9180 to arrange a repair at no cost.
If you have been injured as the result of a defective product, the product liability lawyers at Blume Forte can examine the specifics of your potential claim to determine if it is meritorious. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us at (973) 635-5400.