August 28, 2008

Countertop Water Dispensers Recalled By Greenway Home Products Due to Fire and Shock Hazards

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC's Web site at

   (Logo: )   Name of product: Countertop Water Dispensers   Units: About 44,000   Manufacturer: Greenway Home Products, of Northwood, Ohio  

Hazard: The internal heating element could overheat and drop molten metal through ventilation openings in the water dispenser's base onto the countertop, posing a fire hazard. The internal heating element also poses a shock hazard to consumers who touch it through the vents.

Incidents/Injuries: Greenway has received one report of a fire involving the recalled countertop water dispenser outside the United States that resulted in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled countertop water dispensers include the following Vitapur, Greenway and Polar models. They dispense hot or cold water and use three or five gallon water bottles. The model name is printed on the front of the dispenser's base. Model and serial numbers are printed on a white label on the back of the dispenser's base. File number 218326 is printed on a silver sticker on the back of the dispenser's base.

                Model           Serial      File Number                                Number   Greenway    GWD2630W   Polar       PWD2635W         Starts        218326   Vitapur     VWD2636W         with 0606   Vitapur     VWD2636BLK       through   Vitapur     VWD2636RED       0711   

Model numbers followed by a "1" or "2," (i.e. GWD2630W-1 / PWD2635W-2), or dispensers with no ventilation openings underneath the base are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Discount retailers nationwide from June 2006 to November 2007 for between $70 and $80.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled water dispensers immediately and contact Greenway Home Products to receive a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Greenway Home Products toll-free at (866) 279-0088 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at

   Photos at    Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 279-0088   CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772   CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908  

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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