Heater Fans and Radient Heaters Recalled

On February 16th, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Atico Int’l announced a voluntary recall of a couple different models of their heater fans and radient heaters.

What does this mean for you?

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters since Atico has received eight reports of the A14B1053 Heater Fan overheating and 21 reports of the A14B0979 Quartz Heater overheating. Reports for the A14B1053 Heater Fan included one report of damage to an electrical outlet and wall and one report of flames coming out of the front of the unit. Reports for the A14B0979 Quartz Heater included damage to the heater’s plug, one report of flames coming from a control knob and one report of a consumer receiving minor burns to the hand. For both products, reports included incidents of smoke and melting of the plastic casing.Both heaters can be identified by the following model and item numbers and universal product codes (UPC):

     Model#    Item#    UPC

Heater Fans    NSB-200B    A14B1053    40022749831

Portable Quartz Radiant Heaters    HD-700    A14B0979    400022750066

Model numbers are found on a silver colored sticker on the bottom of the unit. Additionally, both heaters are marked with manufacturing dates between 6/1/2010 and 8/30/2010. The date code appears as “DATE CODE: 0610”

These units were sold exclusively at: Dollar General Stores from September 2010 to December 2010. The heater fans sold for about $15 and the quartz radiant heater sold for about $42.

What should you do if you own or have purchased one of these products?

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and return them to any Dollar General Store for a full refund. For additional information, contact Atico International USA toll-free at (866) 448-7856 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website .  Additional info can also be found at the CPSC website.