Recall: PetSmart Aquarium Heaters
On 2014-08-01, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding PetSmart Aquarium Heaters due to a potential electrical shock hazard. This product sold new beginning in March 2014 for about $27 to $37.
About 30,000 units are involved in this PetSmart aquarium heater recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 2nd recall of products in the Aquariums category in 2014.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 2 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (888) 839-9638
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What is the problem?
The heaters are insufficiently grounded, posing a risk of electrical shock to the consumer.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves all 50-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250-watt Top Fin brand plastic aquarium heaters. The heaters are black cylinders about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and about 13 inches tall2.5 in L x 1.9 in W x 13.5 in H. Recalled heaters have model number HT50, HT100, HT150, HT200 or HT250. Lot numbers for the recalled heaters are 1839, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1907, 1908 and 1910. "Top Fin," "Premium Aquarium Heater," the model number and the heater's wattage are printed on the side of the heater near the top. Below that, the lot number is printed beneath the words "Made in China."
These items were sold new+ at PetSmart stores nationwide from March 2014 to April 2014 for between $27 and $37.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the heater, unplug it, remove it from the aquarium and return it to any PetSmart store for a full refund.
PetSmart toll-free at (888) 839-9638 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at www.petsmart.com and click on News Room under About PetSmart at the bottom of the page, then click on Product Notices & Recalls for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
+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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