October 21, 1999
Release # 00-009
Company Phone Number: (888) 227-8936 |
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
CPSC, Holmes Products Corp. Announce Recall of Portable Heaters
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission ( CPSC), Holmes Products Corp., of Milford, Mass., is
recalling about 45,000 heaters. The thermostats in some of these heaters
are improperly positioned, which can cause them to overheat, posing a
Holmes Products has received 11 reports of these units overheating and
catching fire. Six of these incidents resulted in minor property damage.
No injuries have been reported.
These "Wide-Angle," portable heaters, manufactured in 1998, are
approximately 12 inches high, and are in the shape of a half-circle. The
front is white, and the back is gray. The units have two knobs on the
top. The date code, which includes the number 98, is located on the
back, right-hand corner of the units just above the box containing the
Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) logo. Other writing inside the UL box
includes, "MODEL: HFH-297" and "MADE IN CHINA." "Holmes(r)" also is
written in the UL box and on the front of the unit.
Mass merchandise stores, such as Kmart and Target, sold these
heaters from September 1998 through July 1999 for about $27.
Consumers should immediately stop using these heaters, and contact
Holmes for information on how to receive a refund. For more information,
call Holmes at (888) 227-8936 anytime. Consumers also can access Holmes'
web site at www.holmesproducts.com.