CPSC: VH101 Personal Vortex Electric Space Heaters
On 2018-08-22, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a cpsc regarding VH101 Personal Vortex Electric Space Heaters due to a potential Fire and Burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in August 2009 for about $30.
About 400 units are involved in this Vornado space heater recall. Instance(s) of deaths 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 Space Heaters category in 2018.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 30 similar recalls,
involving about 7 million product units.
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What is the problem?
The electric space heater can overheat when in use, posing fire and burn hazards.
Instance(s) of deaths have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves Vornado VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters sold in the following colors: black, coral orange, grayed jade, cinnamon, fig, ice white and red. The heaters measure about 7.2 inches long by 7.8 inches wide by 7.10 inches high and have two heat settings (low and high) and a fan only/no heat setting. "Vornado" with a "V" behind it is printed on the front of the unit. The model/type "VH101," serial number and ETL mark are printed on a silver rating label on the bottom of the unit.
These items were sold new+ at Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Menards, Orchard Supply, Target and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Target.com, Vornado.com and other websites from August 2009 through March 2018 for about $30.
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 immediately stop using the recalled heaters and contact Vornado for instructions on how to receive a full refund or a free replacement unit.
Vornado toll-free at 855-215-5131 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.vornado.com and click on "Recalls" in the lower right corner of the homepage or www.vornado.com/recalls and click on the VH101 Personal Heater recall button for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
In December 2017, a 90-year-old man in Chanhassen, Minnesota died as a result of a fire involving the recalled heater. Vornado has received a total of 19 reports of the heaters catching on 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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