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Recall of the Week: PetSmart Top Fin aquarium heaters due to fire or electrical shock hazard

Aquarium Heater 15167_01PetSmart Inc. is recalling about 112,200 Top Fin plastic aquarium heaters in the United States and about 4,800 in Canada.

About 33,000 heaters were previously recalled in August 2014.

An electrical problem with the aquarium heaters poses a risk of fire or electrical shock to the consumer, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The firm has received 13 reports of incidents, including four reports of minor shock, seven reports of the water tanks overheating, and one report of property damage from an electrical shortage resulting in fire.

This recall involves all 50-, 100-, 150-, 200-, and 250-watt Top Fin brand plastic aquarium heaters sold between August 2014 and April 2015 with model numbers: HT50, HT100, HT150, HT200, or HT250.

The black cylindrical-shaped heaters are about 1.5 inches in diameter and about 13 inches tall. “Top Fin Premium Aquarium Heater,” the model number, and the heater's wattage are printed on the side of the heater near the top. The lot number is printed beneath the words “Made in China.” All lot numbers are included in this recall.

The aquarium heaters were sold only at PetSmart stores nationwide from August 2014 to April 2015. The cost was between $25 and $40.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and return them to any PetSmart store for a full refund, the company and commission advise.

For more information, call PetSmart at 888-839-9638 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.petsmart.com and click on “Product Recalls” listed under “Shop With Us” category.

Copyright 2015, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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