PRODUCT SAFETY WARNING
View the updated safety warning posted September 17, 2018.
The United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Limited (“UFA”) issues product safety warning for Koenders Calf Warmers with Caframo Heaters
UFA ADVISES ITS MEMBERS AND CUSTOMERS TO STOP USING THE CAFRAMO BRAND HEATERS CONTAINED IN THE KOENDERS CALF WARMER. CONTINUED USE MAY EXPOSE USERS TO THE RISK OF FIRE AND ELECTRICAL SHOCK CAUSING PROPERTY DAMAGE, INJURY, OR DEATH.
1. Koenders Calf Warmers with Caframo Heater (Model #CWR-CLFWARM-001), manufactured by Koenders MFG 1997 Ltd.
2. Calf Warmer – Replacement Heater (CWR-HEATHER-0000), manufactured by Caframo Limited
The Koenders Calf Warmer is a medium density polyenclosure designed to be a comfortable environment to place newborn calves following birthing. It comes with an adjustable 1500 watt electric heater manufactured by Caframo Limited that is equipped with a circulating fan and automatic shutoff thermostat. The heater is located in a separate enclosure at the rear of the calf warmer. This Product Safety Warning relates to Koenders Calf Warmers containing heaters manufactured by Caframo Limited, as well as Caframo branded replacement heaters that are sold for the purpose of being used in calf warmers. A picture of a Koenders Calf Warmer is provided below.
Location of the Caframo Heater in the
Koenders Calf Warmer Model #CWR-CLFWARM-001
UFA has recently been advised that the Caframo heater used in the Koenders Calf Warmers have been tested for household use only and are not suitable for use in calf warmers. The heaters are resistance- wired fan-forced convection heaters that may cause dust, small particles, and flammable vapours to ignite. The heaters also have internal electrical live components, which could induce an electrical current upon contact with liquids. While UFA has not been advised of any safety incidents to date, using Koenders Calf Warmers equipped with Caframo heaters could result in serious and harmful consequences, such as fire or electrical shock causing property damage, injury, or death.
What should I do?
If your Koenders Calf Warmer contains a Caframo heater, you are advised to immediately unplug and remove the Caframo heater from service. This applies to all Koenders Calf Warmers that have been purchased from UFA, regardless of the date of purchase. Failure to do so may expose you to the hazards identified above. If you continue to use the Caframo heater contained in the Koenders Calf Warmer, you are accepting responsibility for any resulting property damage, injury, or death. Due to biosecurity concerns, UFA is unable to accept product returns.
What action is UFA taking?
Koenders Calf Warmers and Caframo heaters have been removed from sale by UFA. UFA is working with the manufacturer, Koenders, to try and procure a suitable replacement heater that can safely be used in the affected calf warmers and will provide further information once a suitable replacement heater has been sourced. At the same time, UFA is looking in the general marketplace to potentially source another suitable and compliant product. UFA is committed to customer service and the safety of its members and customers and appreciates your patience while it works to find a suitable solution.