WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Meijer Inc., today announced a voluntary recall of Touch Point forced air heaters. 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: Forced Air Heater
Units: About 6,102
Importer/Retailer: Meijer Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Hazard: Exposed and unshielded electrical components can cause the heater to overheat and melt, posing fire and electrical shock hazards.
Incidents/Injuries: Meijer received one report of a unit's base burning, melting and damaging the carpet beneath it. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves Touch Point brand oscillating forced air fan heaters with model number HW-218 and date code 0811. The model number and date code are on a silver sticker on the bottom of the heater. Universal Product Code (UPC) 7-13733-30927-1 is on the bottom of the packaging. The heaters are white, 12 inches tall, 9 inches wide and 8 inches deep. They have two round control knobs and a red warning light on the top front, and a black on/off switch on the front base that controls the fan's oscillation. The words "Touch Point" appear on the right front of the heater's base.
Sold exclusively at: Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio from September 2011 through November 2011 for about $20.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and return them to any Meijer store for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Meijer at (800) 927-8699 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.meijer.com
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