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Recall of the Week: Optimus infrared quartz radiant heaters due to fire hazard

Optimus is recalling about 355,000 portable infrared quartz radiant heaters.

Space Heater Optimus Heater H-5210 LARGEThe heater design can fail to prevent ignition of nearby combustible materials that come in contact with the unit, posing a fire hazard to the consumer, according to the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

This recall involves two models of Optimus infrared quartz radiant heaters with model numbers H-5210, produced in 2011 and H-5211, produced in 2012.

The model number and the year of production are located on a label on the back of the heater. The recalled heaters are white and are approximately 12-inches wide by 13-inches tall by 6-inches deep. “Optimus” is printed on the top left of the heater. The control knob is located on the top right side of the heater.

No injuries have been reported.

Manufactured in China, the heaters were sold at Best Buy Market Place, Family Dollar, Heartland, Northern Tool,  Rite Aid, and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, ebay.com, and Walmart.com from October 2011 through December 2012. The cost was between $25 and $30.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and contact Optimus to request a free replacement heater, the company and the commission advise. Consumers have the option of a comparable ceramic heater or new model quartz radiant heater, model H-5510, which will be available after August 2013.

For more information, call Optimus Enterprise Inc. at 888-672-5832 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or go to www.optimusent.com and click on “recall.” Consumers can also e-mail the firm at return.optimus@gmail.com.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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