Giant Factories recalls water heaters over fire risk

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NEW YORK (AP) — Giant Factories of Canada is recalling water heaters that were sold in 2014 because they could catch fire or explode.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the flame arrestor on the heaters can fail. That could cause a fire or explosion if flammable liquids or gases are close to the heater, and the agency is advising consumers to make sure there are no combustible materials close to the heater.

Giant Factories is recalling 240 atmospherically vented propane and natural gas water heaters with capacities of 30 to 60 gallons. The heaters were sold at independent distributors in Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania between April and October, and they cost $340 to $830 each.

The CPSC says consumers should make sure there are no combustible materials near the heater and contact Giant Factories for a free inspection. If there is a space between the bottom of the water tank and the combustion chamber, the company will replace the heater free of charge.

The water heaters were made in Canada.