WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Mr. Heater “Big Buddy” and “Tough Buddy” portable propane heaters
Units: About 55,000
Manufacturer: Mr. Heater, Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio
Hazard: The valve on the propane heaters can leak, posing a fire hazard if an ignition source is present.
Incidents/Injuries: Mr. Heater has received 26 reports of propane leaks. No injuries have been reported.
Description: Only model number MH18B Mr. Heater “Big Buddy” and “Tough Buddy” propane heaters are included in the recall. The model number is located on the rear panel of the unit. The heaters are either black with yellow accents around the burner tiles or light gray with red accents around the burner tiles. “Mr. Heater” is printed in the lower right hand corner of the heaters.
Sold at: Home centers, sporting goods, and hardware stores nationwide from September 2004 through December 2004 for between $120 and $149.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Contact Mr. Heater for instructions on receiving a replacement heater.
Consumer Contact: Contact Mr. Heater Inc. at www.regcen.com/heaterrecall
or call (800) 385-2605 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.