Eugenio Serafin Inc., of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, is voluntarily recalling about 32,500 electric showerhead hot water heaters sold under the Corona, Corona Maxi, and Fammy model names in Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The showerhead hot water heaters are attached to the shower's water supply piping and connected to the household electrical supply source when central hot water is not available. The nozzle can be easily unscrewed, exposing the uninsulated heater coil. The heater coil's grounding screw does not sufficiently reduce the current through the water, posing an electrocution and shock hazard to the bather, according to CPSC.
CPSC and Eugenio Serafin have not received any reports of injuries or incidents associated with these showerhead water heaters.
The recalled showerhead hot water heaters are packaged in a clear plastic bag with a card that reads in part, "ducha", "HECHO EN VENEZUELA POR: TECHNI" and "MIRANDA, VENEZUELA".
Hardware stores and home improvement centers sold the recalled hot water heater components in Puerto Rico from January 1999 to March 2002. For more information, contact Eugenio Serafin toll-free at 800-981-4029 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Gerber Upgrades Toilets
Beginning the second half of this year, all of the gravity toilets offered by Gerber Plumbing Fixtures Corp. will have a pilot valve as opposed to the traditional ball cock. They will carry a five-year warranty on both china and trim.
"No matter what the water pressure, these toilets will maintain an even flow of water," said Ila Lewis, chairman. "Everything is fully replaceable."
Also, Gerber's Aqua Saver toilet has been redesigned for an improved flushing performance, Lewis said. "It dramatically exceeds all ANSI tests for both light and heavy waste removal."