The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and American Flame has announced a recall of about 12,000 fireplaces. Gas can continue to flow into the fireplace pilot light area after the switch has been turned “off,” posing a fire or explosion hazard. Two incidents of valve failure have been reported so far. This recall involves American Flame AF-4000 series fireplace gas valves under the following brand names: Pacific Energy, Travis Industries, CFM Corporation, Canadian Heating Products, Portland Willamette, Rasmussen, Chimeneas de Columbia, Twin Eagles, FDM, Inca Metals (Savannah Heating), Even Temp and Valley Comfort. Date codes included in the recall are 0622 through 0718. The gas valve model number is located on a label on the bottom of each gas valve. The date code is located above the label. The valves were distributed nationwide from September 2006 through July 2007 for between $500 and $2,000 for the fireplaces with additional costs for installation. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fireplaces and contact American Flame toll-free at (888) 672-8929 to arrange for a free repair.

Credit: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission alert