Big Lots Recalls Space Heaters Over Shock, Fire Hazards

Big Lots Recalls Space Heaters Over Shock, Fire HazardsBig Lots just issued a recall of space heaters over shock and fire hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced.

About 70,500 Climate Keeper Ceramic Portable Space Heaters and Portable Oscillating Space Heatersare involved in the recall.

The defective space heaters were manufactured in China; imported by Big Lots, of Columbus, Ohio; and sold exclusively at Big Lots stores, nationwide, from September 2010 through March 2012 for about $20 for Model #FH107A and $25 for Model #PTC-902T.

The portable space heaters and oscillating space heaters can overheat and melt, posing a fire or electric shock hazard. To date, Big Lots has received four reports of the product overheating and melting. There have not yet been any reports of injury, fire damage, or property damage.

This recall involves two models of 1500-watt Climate Keeper ceramic heaters. Both models are constructed with a fan, two dials on top, a wire mesh panel in front, and the name “Climate Keeper” and a label on the bottom. The label contains the model number and ETL 3130679.

Model #FH107A has grey plastic housing. Model #PTC-902T is an oscillating heater with silver-grey plastic housing, a molded handle on top of the heater, and a small extra button between the two dials, which controls the oscillation.

The firm is advising consumers to stop using the recalled space heaters immediately and return them to a Big Lots store for a full refund. Big Lots can be reached, toll-free, at 1.866.244.5687 from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Eastern time (ET) Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.biglots.com.

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