WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding Cadet heater owners that they must file a claim by February 17, 2002, to participate in the recall program. CPSC and Cadet Manufacturing announced the recall of 1.9 million Cadet and Encore brand in-wall heaters in February 2000, expanding the original recall of 190,000 heaters announced in October 1997.

CPSC alleges these heaters, which were distributed mainly in California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, can overheat and catch fire. Flames, sparks or molten particles can spew through the front grill cover of the heater into the living area of a residence, putting consumers at risk from fires, including burn injuries, smoke inhalation and property damage. The heaters also can become energized creating a risk of electric shock.

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