CPSC, Lasko Products Inc. Announce Recall of Space Heaters
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

Units: 186,000

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.

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