Recall: Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters
On 2015-06-19, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters due to a potential electrocution hazard. This product sold new beginning in August 2014 for about $25 to $40.
About 100,000 units are involved in this PetSmart aquarium heater recall. Instance(s) of fires, property damage have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This is the 1st recall of products in the Aquariums category in 2015.
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?
An electrical problem with the aquarium heaters, poses a risk of fire or electrical shock to the consumer.
Instance(s) of fires, property damage have been reported.
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 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.
This product was also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2015/53815r-eng.php
These items were sold new+ at PetSmart stores nationwide from August 2014 to April 2015 for between $25 and $40.
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 heaters and return them 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 visit the firm's website at www.petsmart.com and click on "Product Recalls" listed under "Shop With Us" category for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
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.
+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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