Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Navien Water Heaters Recalled

Joseph L. Messa, Jr.'s Toxic Torts Legal Blogs

Licensed for 29 years

Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

About 13,000 Navien Instantaneous or Tankless Water Heaters have been
recalled, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  An
unstable connection can cause the water heater’s vent collar to
separate or detach if pressure is applied.  A detached vent collar poses
a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the consumer.

The water heaters were sold to in-home installers nationwide from
February 2008 through March 2009 for between $1,500 and $2,100.
 Consumers should immediately stop using and check the model and
manufacture year information on their Navien water heater.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas found in combustion
fumes, such as those produced by cars and trucks, small gasoline
engines, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, and gas ranges and
heating systems.  Red blood cells pick up the gas quicker than they
pick up oxygen, and if there is a lot of it in the air, the body may
replace oxygen in blood with carbon monoxide.  This blocks oxygen from
getting into the body, which can damage tissues and result in death.

The Centers for Disease Control lists headache, dizziness, weakness,
nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and altered mental status as common
symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.  They also recommend you do or
don’t do the following:

Do have your heating system, water heater and any
other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified
technician every year.

Do install a battery-operated carbon monoxide
detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change
the time on your clocks each spring and fall.  If the detector sounds
leave your home immediately and call 911.

Do seek prompt medical attention if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous.

Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove,
or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement,
or garage or near a window.

Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.

Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t vented.

Don’t heat your house with a gas oven.

Don’t use portable flameless chemical heaters
(catalytic) indoors.  Although these heaters don’t have a flame, they
burn gas and can cause carbon monoxide to build up inside your home,
cabin, or camper.

The Philadelphia toxic substance attorneys of Messa & Associates represent individuals and their families in complex personal injury matters, including catastrophic injury, product liability, fires and explosions as well as carbon monoxide affixation cases resulting in serious injury or death.  Our attorneys
help clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and around the
country.  If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury as a result
of a recalled Navien water heater, please contact us at 1-877-MessaLaw or visit us at www.messalaw.com.

About 13,000 Navien Instantaneous or Tankless Water Heaters have been
recalled due to an
unstable connection that can cause the water heater’s vent collar to
separate or detach if pressure is applied.  A detached vent collar poses
a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the consumer.

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