October 6, 2005

A.O. Smith Recall of Water Heaters

Name of Product: 75-Gallon Propane Gas Water Heaters

Units: About 5,000

Manufacturer: A.O. Smith Water Products Co., of Ashland City, Tenn.

Hazard: The water heaters can accumulate soot on the burners, posing a fire hazard.

Description: The recall involves 75-gallon propane gas water heaters. The heaters have the name “A.O. Smith,” “Reliance,” “Apollo,” “State,” or “Maytag” on the side of the unit. The model number is located on the rating plate. Only units with the model numbers listed below and manufactured between January 2004 and July 2005 are included in the recall.

Brand Name Model Number
Reliance 675CRRS
Apollo A675CQRSL
A. O. Smith BT-80-271
Maytag HRP11275Q
State GS675CRRS

If your unit has one of the model numbers listed above, locate the serial number on the rating plate to determine if it was manufactured between January 2004 and July 2005. The serial numbers of units manufactured between January 2004 and July 2005 are listed below.

Month/Date of Manufacture Serial Number Begins With:
Jan-04 MA04 or AA04 or A04
Feb-04 MB04 or AB04 of B04
Mar-04 MC04 or AC04 or C04
Apr-04 MD04 or AD04 or D04
May-04 ME04 or AE04 or E04
Jun-04 MF04 or AF04 or F04
Jul-04 G04
Aug-04 H04
Sep-04 J04
Oct-04 K04
Nov-04 L04
Dec-04 M04
Jan-05 A05
Feb-05 B05
Mar-05 C05
Apr-05 D05
May-05 E05
Jun-05 F05
Jul-05 G05

Installed by: Independent contractors and plumbers nationwide from January 2004 through July 2005 for between $460 and $1,130.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Contact A. O. Smith to arrange for installation of free repair.

Consumer Contact: Contact A.O. Smith toll-free at (866) 880-4661 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit http://www.hotwater.com/frame.html?topage=recall_75gallon.htm