WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: Space Heaters
Distributor: Lasko Products Inc., of West Chester, Pa.
Hazard: The power cord connection can overheat and cause the cord to separate from the space heater. This poses a fire, burn and shock hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Four consumers reported burned and detached power cords. No injuries reported.
Description: There are two types of heaters involved in this recall. The recalled model 5500 heater is an oscillating ceramic heater with dark grey vents surrounded by a bronze trim. The model number is located on a label under the round base. The Model 5700 heater is an oil filled radiator-type heater. The model number is located on a label on the side of the heater near the right front wheel. The name “Lasko” is printed near the top of both heaters.
Sold at: Retailers such as Dollar General and Sam’s Club stores nationwide from July 2001 through December 2003 for between $40 and $50.
Manufactured in: Model 5500 – China; Model 5700 – Portugal.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the heaters, unplug them and contact Lasko Products for instructions on returning the heater to receive a free replacement heater or a product of similar value.
Consumer Contact: Consumers can call Lasko Products toll-free at (800) 233-6373 anytime or visit the firm’s Web site at www.laskoproducts.com/recall_heaters.html
for more information and to determine if their heater is involved in the recall.