One million electric heaters recalled because of fire hazards

Tuesday, August 3rd 2004, 6:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Kansas company is recalling 1 million electric heaters after receiving two dozen reports of fires caused by overheating.

Vornado Air Circulation Systems Inc. of Andover, Kan., is not aware of any injuries caused by the portable electric room heaters, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.

A faulty electrical connection can make the indoor heater overheat and stop working, posing a fire hazard, the commission said.

Standing about a foot tall and weighing about 6 pounds, the recalled product bears model numbers 180VH, VH, Intellitemp, EVH or DVH, located on the bottom of the heater.

Retailers, distributors and the company's Web site sold the heaters nationwide from July 1991 through January 2004 for between $50 and $120.

The government advises consumers to stop using the heaters and contact the company for free shipping and repair at (888) 221-5431, weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.