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Recall: Ritchie Immersion Heaters


On 2009-03-04, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Ritchie Immersion Heaters due to a potential electric shock hazard. This product sold new beginning in February 2007 for about $60.00 to $70.00.

About 10,000 units are involved in this Springfield Wire immersion heater recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 1st recall of products in the Farming Equipment & Supplies category in 2009.

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Ritchie Immersion Heaters
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What is the problem?

The outer cover of the immersion heater can crack and expose the heating element to water, posing a shock hazard to consumers.

How can I tell if I own this product?

This recall involves the Ritchie Immersion Heaters with model numbers 17863 (120v/250w), 17939 (240v/250w or 240v/325w), and 17940 (240v/325w). The immersion heater is designed to be submerged in a cattle trough to keep the water from freezing. The model number along with 'SWI' is printed on one side of the heating element and a sticker reading 'Ritchie Specialty Products' is found on the other side.

These items were sold new+ at Ritchie distributors nationwide from February 2007 through March 2009 for about $60 to $70.

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 recalled immersion heater and return it to the place of purchase for a free replacement heater.

For additional information, contact Ritchie Industries at (800) 747-0222 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, visit the firms' Web sites at or, or contact the dealer from which the heater was purchased.


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

SWI has received 44 reports of covers cracking. No injuries have been reported.

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