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Recall of the Week: Dyson bladeless portable electric heaters due to fire hazard

Heaters 14143_Dyson_AM04_AM05_LARGE-1Dyson is recalling about 338,000 bladeless portable electric heaters in the United States and about 43,000 in Canada.

The heaters can develop an electrical short and overheat, posing a fire hazard to the consumer, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Dyson is aware of 82 incidents of the recalled heaters short-circuiting and overheating, including four reports of heaters with burned or melted internal parts. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

This recall is for all Dyson Hot heaters and Dyson Hot+Cool heaters having model number AM04 and all Dyson Hot+Cool heaters with model number AM05. The model number is found above the Dyson logo on the product information sticker on the underside of the heater’s base.

The heaters are 23 inches tall with a round base and an upper body shaped like an elongated ring. The heaters have no external fan blades.

They’re made of plastic and were available in silver, black and silver, blue and gray, gray and silver, pink and gray, purple and gray, and white and gray.

Each heater came with a remote control.

The heaters were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Costco, Fry's, Kohl's, Lowe's, Macy's, Sears, Target, and other retailers, and online at Abt.com, Amazon.com, Dyson.com, Groupon.com, HSN.com, QVC.com, and Walmart.com. They were sold from September 2011 to March 2014 for about $399.

For more information, call Dyson at 866-297-5303, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or visit www.dyson.com and click on Safety Recall at the bottom of the page.

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

Copyright 2014, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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