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Thermostats recalled for fire hazard

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 190,000 thermostats in the United States and Canada are being recalled voluntarily because of a fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada said on Wednesday.

Although no injuries have been reported, Missouri-based White-Rodgers, which makes the heating and cooling thermostats, is aware of three incidents that caused minor property damage, the two agencies said in a joint statement.

The affected thermostats have the model numbers 1F88-XXX and 1F85RF-275.

The programmable thermostats constantly charge the backup batteries powering the units' clocks, potentially causing them to leak. Consumers are advised to immediately remove the batteries and contact the manufacturer for a free repair kit.

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Jerry Norton)