Giant Factories announced a recall of their gas water heaters due to risk of fire and explosion. No injuries or incidents have been reported. If the water heater has a space between the bottom of the water tank and the combustion chamber, the flame arrestor or flame arrestor plate can fail, posing a risk of fire or explosion if flammable liquids or gases are nearby.
The gas water heaters were sold at independent distributors in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania from April 2014 through October 2014 for $340 to $830. The recall includes atmospherically vented propane and natural gas water heaters in 30, 40, 50 and 60 gallon capacities. They are white with a red “Giant” logo decal on the front. A nameplate near the gas valve contains model and serial numbers. Check the CPSC notice to see if your water heater has been recalled.
Customers should immediately remove any combustable materials near the water heater and contact Giant for a free inspection and replacement, if needed.