Recall: 4-8, BTU Portable Propane Convection Heaters
On 2006-02-01, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding 4-8, BTU Portable Propane Convection Heaters due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in August 2005 for about $100.00 to $130.00.
About 50,000 units are involved in this heater recall. Instance(s) of fires, major property damage have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Fire Pits & Heaters category in 2006.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 300,000 product units.
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What is the problem?
The burners on these heaters can flashback, which is when fire burns inside the burner tube rather than out the end. This can cause the lower portion of the burner tube to get hot enough to ignite combustible material under the heater.
Instance(s) of fires, major property damage have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
DESA 40-80,000 BTU Portable Propane Convection Heaters generate from 40,000 to 80,000 BTUs an hour. The following model names and number are involved in this recall: Reddy Heater (RCP80VC), All-Pro (SPC-80CC), MASTER (TC80VC), Universal (80-CC), and Dayton (6BY73). These heaters have serial numbers between 017390000 and 017632220. The model and serial numbers are on the carton and on labels attached to the heater. The designation Made in China is on the carton and model label attached to the heater.
These items were sold new+ at Home centers and hardware stores nationwide from August 2005 through December 2005 for between $100 and $130.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should stop using this heater immediately and return it to the store where purchased for a free replacement, refund or store credit.
If consumers have any questions concerning this recall, they should contact their local retailer, or they can contact DESA toll-free at (866)279-3225 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the DESA Web site at www.desatech.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
DESA has received 40 reports of incidents possibly caused by the flashback hazard, including six reports of fires. The other 34 reported incidents involved minor property damage, including scorching of the flooring under the heater. There have been no reports of injury.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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