September 13, 2001             

Andersen Corporation Announces Recall of Window Latches


Andersen Corporation, of Bayport, Minn., is voluntarily recalling for in-home repair tilt latches on about 400,000 windows. The latches on the lower sash of the window can unexpectedly open, posing a potential injury hazard to consumers who can be struck by the window or by shattered glass. Andersen has received 11 reports of the latches unexpectedly opening. There have been no reports of injuries.

This recall involves only the tilt latches on the lower sash of the Andersen 200 Series Tilt-Wash Double-Hung Window. This window has the Andersen "A/W" logo etched into the lower right corner of the glass (A), has a latch on both sides of the top of the lower sash (B), and has a product label on the inside of the upper left corner of the window frame (C).

Homebuilders in the construction of new homes installed the majority of windows. Independent dealers and home centers nationwide also sold these windows to contractors between May 2000 through August 2001.

Consumers should immediately ensure that the latches are in the closed position. Consumers should call the Andersen WindowCare® Solution Center toll-free at (888) 888-7020 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday to Friday or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT on Saturday, to schedule a free in-home repair with an Andersen service technician. Consumers also can log-on to the Andersen website at Parents should ensure that children do not operate the window until the latches have been replaced. Andersen Media Contact: Maureen McDonough (651) 264-5287