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Honeywell International Inc., of Morris Township, NJ, is recalling 77,000 electric baseboard and fan heater thermostats because they can overheat, smoke and melt.

According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) release, Honeywell has received 16 reports of these thermostats melting.

“The electric baseboard heater thermostats have a non-flammable plastic housing, so while the plastic can melt and generate smoke, it should not ignite other materials in the home,” the Honeywell website said.

Between January 2000 and December 2007, consumers may have bought one of these thermostats at a home improvement, HVAC or electrical store for between $80 and $300. Their building, electrical or heat and air contractor may also have installed one of these thermostats during that time.

Consumers can identify the white programmable thermostats affected by this recall by finding the word “Honeywell” or “Cadet” printed on the front of the unit, and the model number and date code on a label inside the thermostat’s front cover. Thermostats with date codes 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 or 06 and the following model numbers are recalled.

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If a consumer finds they have one of these recalled thermostats, they should immediately set the temperature to 45 degrees, or if they have a model with a B in the model number, turn the switch off. Then they should contact Honeywell through a form on the company’s website or by calling (888) 235-7363 to have a new thermostat installed by a Honeywell technician.

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