Two Firms Recall Space Heaters

Two separate <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">product recalls have been issued for Portable Space Heaters been announced due to fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just wrote. The CPSC advises that consumers stop using the Defective Space Heaters and notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

PD Sixty Distributor Inc.
About 3,000 Portable Space Heaters, which were manufactured in China, were recalled by PD Sixty Distributor Inc., of Norcross, Georgia. The space heater can overheat due to loose electrical connections, posing a fire hazard to consumers. To date, the firm has received one report of the device overheating, resulting in the unit catching fire and causing minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Creative Heating Solutions’ brand portable space heaters with model number CH-750, CH-750FC, CH-1500, or CH-1500FC. The heater is wooden on three sides, with metal on the fourth side. The front of the heater includes a vent and a clear plastic faceplate with six black buttons. Some units have “Creative Heating Solutions” stamped into the rear metal panel and the model number on a white label on the rear metal panel.

The Recalled Space Heaters were sold at Hancock Fabrics stores nationwide and by America’s Sewing Machine Company, of Augusta, Georgia through nationwide direct marketing from October 2008 through March 2009 for between $380 and $480.

The CPSC has advised consumers to immediately stop using this Defective Product and contact PD Sixty for a free replacement heater. The firm has contacted all known purchasers of this product. PD Sixty can be reached, toll free, at 1.866.367.4538 anytime, or at the firm’s website at www.CHSrecall.com

Lasko Products I
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The manufacturer, Lasko Products Inc., of West Chester, Pennsylvania, recalled about 107,500 Portable Electric Heaters, which were manufactured in China.

An electrical connection in the base of the Defective Product can overheat, causing it to melt and expose the electrical connection, posing a fire hazard to consumers. To date, Lasko received a total of 36 reports of the electrical connection overheating with no reports of injury. There were 18 reports of minor burn damage to floors or carpets.

The Recalled Space Heaters, which are portable, electric, tower heaters, are 20.5 inches tall by 8.25 inches wide by 9.25 inches deep. They are dark grey with silver front covers and black vent slats. The brand names Lasko or Air King are on the top, center of the front cover. The Lasko Model 5540 and Air King Model 8540 subject to this recall were manufactured in 2002 and have date codes that begin with a “2.” The date code is on the label located on the bottom of the unit. The date code is a four-digit number on the bottom left area of the label, above the voltage number. Heaters with date codes beginning with “3,” “4,” or “5” are not subject to this recall.

The recalled Lasko Model 5540 was sold at Sam’s Club and other retailers from September 2002 through early 2004 for $39 to $49. The recalled Air King Model 8540 was sold primarily through the maintenance, repair, and operating products supply company, W.W. Grainger Inc., from late 2002 to 2004 for approximately $80.00

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the heaters immediately and to contact Lasko to receive a free replacement heater. Lasko can be reached at its website at www.Laskoproducts.com or, by toll-free telephone, at 1.800.363.8044, any time.

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