About 2.2 million Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze, and Comfort Essentials heaters imported by Wal-Mart Stores are being recalled.
Wal-Mart has received 21 reports of incidents, which included 11 reports of property damage beyond the heater. Injuries were reported in four incidents, three of which required medical attention for minor burns and smoke inhalation. The remaining incidents included smoke irritation, sparking, or property damage beyond the heater.
The recall involves Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze, and Comfort Essentials 1500 watt heaters. The heaters are grey with a metal handle on the top with vents and grey control knobs on the front. The model number is 1013 and can be found on a label on the lower left corner of the back panel of the heater.
Manufactured in China, the heaters were sold only at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from December 2001 through October 2009 for about $18.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heater and return the product to any Wal-Mart store for a full refund, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises.
For additional information, contact Wal-Mart at 800-925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.walmart.com.
For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.
Copyright 2010, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist