Honeywell Portable Heaters Recalled

On January 12th, 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Kaz USA, Inc., announced a voluntary recall of their Honeywell Surround Select Portable Electric Heaters due to a potential burn hazard.

What do you need to know about this Recall?

The heater’s internal housing, including the fan, heating element and circuitry, can detach, posing a burn hazard to consumers. This recall includes Honeywell Surround Select Series portable electric heaters with model numbers HZ-420, HZ-430, and HZ-440 and five-digit date codes that have 11 as the last two digits. The heaters are black or white cylinders with a handle on top. The model number is stamped into the plastic on the bottom of the heater. The date code is located on the metal prongs of the heater’s electrical plug.


alt “Honeywell” and “Surround Heat” are printed on the front of the heaters. This heater was distributed by Kaz USA under license from Honeywell.

About 19,000 of these products were sold at Best Buy, Meijer and Walmart stores nationwide from July 2011 through December 2011 for between $50 and $70 and they were manufactured in China.

What should you do if you own one of these products?

Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the heaters and contact Kaz for a full refund.  For additional information, contact Kaz at (800) 370-8137 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website. Consumers should also be aware that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.