Fireplace inserts recalled after reports of shock, burn hazard

By Whit Richardson, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 05, 2012, at 3:57 p.m.

GORHAM, Maine — Jotul North America, which is based here, has recalled several models of fireplace inserts after a report that the products could cause electric shock and burn injuries.

The company on Tuesday issued a voluntary recall on four models of Jotul and Scan brand gas fireplace inserts. There are about 1,200 units in the United States and 50 in Canada, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to the recall, the defect is that the fireplace insert’s electrical wiring can come into contact with the metal rating plate, which poses electrical shock and burn hazards to consumers.

The recalled fireplace inserts are cast iron or steel, have a glass front, ceramic logs and a gas burner. They cost approximately $2,200 and were sold at independent specialty fireplace and stove stores in the United States and Canada between June 2010 to September 2012.

The recalled models were Jotul GI 450 DVII, Jotul GI 450 DV TSI, Scan 45i, and Scan 45i TSI. The model and serial numbers are located on a metal rating plate inside the bottom front panel of the fireplace insert.

Jotul North America is the U.S. importer for the Norwegian company Jotul AS. It employs 77 people at its Gorham facility, according to Krista Irmischer, the company’s human resources manager.

For more information, consumers can reach Jotul North America at (800) 797-5912, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online at www.jotul.com.

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