Water Heater Valves Recalled Over Rupture, Burn Risk

About 900 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">One-Inch 140X-9 Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The One-Inch 140X-9 Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves were manufactured in the United States by Watts Regulator Co., of North Andover, Massachusetts. The recalled One-Inch 140X-9 Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves can fail to reduce pressure and avert failure or rupture of the water heater tank and associated valves, posing rupture and burn hazard to consumers. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the One-Inch 140X-9 Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves, which are typically used in large water heaters for commercial buildings or possibly for large homes. The valves bear item codes 0259844 (75 psi/210°F); 0259924 (100 psi/210°F); 0259708 (150 psi/210°F); 0259925 (125 psi/210°F); and 0259930 (150 psi/210°F). The affected date codes are 0641R through 0930R. The date code is printed after the model number “M15” on a green metal tag fastened to the pressure relief valve.

The recalled One-Inch 140X-9 Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves were sold by authorized distributors nationwide from October 2006 through July 2009 for between $250 and $280. The valves were typically sold as replacement parts for large water heaters used in commercial locations or, possibly, large homes.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately contact Watts Regulator to schedule a free repair. Watts Regulator can be reached toll-free at 1-888-272-4649 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s Web site at www.watts.com

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