Spa heater recall

Thursday, December 13th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Michigan company is recalling about 142,000 spa heaters because of an electrical problem that could start fires.

TruHeat Corp., of Allegan, Mich., has received 192 reports of the heaters failing, and 22 reports of fire damage outside the heater or spa. No injuries have been reported.

The No-Fault 6000 model spa heaters were sold with Hot Spring and Tiger River spas. The spa brand name is written on the control panel and the heater brand name and model number are on the side of the heater.

The heater is located behind a removable panel on the front of the spa.

Independent dealers sold spas with these heaters from January 1997 through January 2001, for between $4,000 and $9,000.

TruHeat is contacting its customers to provide them with a free insulation kit. Consumers who have not been contacted should call the company at 1-800-858-2122 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST.

The government advises consumers to shut off their heaters until a kit is installed. Consumers should read the owner's manual for instructions on turning off power to the spa before accessing the spa heater.