Portable Ceramic Space Heaters Recalled by Big Lots

June 21, 2012



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Big Lots is recalling about 70,500 portable ceramic space heaters due to danger of overheating and melting, thus causing fire and a potential for electric shock hazard. Although no injuries have been reported thus far, there were four reports of the product overheating and melting.

Big Lots Recalls Portable Ceramic Space Heaters Due to Fire, Electric Shock Hazard Big Lots Recalls Portable Ceramic Space Heaters Due to Fire, Electric Shock Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 20, 2012 – Release #12-200 – 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Portable Space Heater and Portable Oscillating Space Heater

Units: About 70,500

Importer: Big Lots, of Columbus, Ohio

Hazard: The heaters can overheat and melt, posing a fire or electric shock hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Big Lots has received four reports of the product overheating and melting. There are no reports of injury, fire or property damage.

Description: This recall is of two models of 1500 watt Climate Keeper ceramic heaters. Both models have a fan, two dials on top, a wire mesh panel in front and the name “Climate Keeper” and a label on the bottom with the model number and ETL 3130679. Model #FH107A has grey plastic housing. Model #PTC-902T is an oscillating heater with silver-grey plastic housing, a molded handle on top of the heater and a small extra button between the two dials which controls the oscillation.

Sold exclusively at: Big Lots stores nationwide from September 2010 through March 2012 for about $20 for Model #FH107A and $25 for Model #PTC-902T.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled product immediately and return it to a Big Lots store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Big Lots toll-free at (866) 244-5687 between 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.biglots.com

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 244-5687
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

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