Heating units, humidifiers recalled for fire hazard

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Thousands of air conditioning and heating units are being recalled this week due to burn and fire hazards.

Brand names in question include Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International. It has been reported that the power cords on the units can overheat and possibly catch on fire.

The manufacturer, Goodman Company, has already received five reports of cords smoking or catching fire.

Consumers should stop using and unplug the units, then request a free replacement power cord from the company. The units in question were sold nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008.

Great Innovations is recalling 70,000 humidifiers also due to fire hazards. These units were sold exclusively by QVC.

It has been reported that water can enter the base and cause the machine to short circuit, possibly resulting in a fire. The company has received 100 reports of overheating which resulted in smoke and burning odors.

Consumers should stop using the product, unplug them and contact the company for a free repair kit.

There is new information about a massive airbag recall that has been in the news all week.

The government is expanding the recall to include 4 million more vehicles this week, bringing the total to more than 8 million. Manufacturers involved in the recall include: Mitsubishi, Mazda, Honda, BMW, Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, Subaru, and Nissan. The models in question are between the years of 2000 and 2013.

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