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Holmes electric heater recall

Consumer Reports News: May 04, 2007 03:15 PM

If you own a Holmes model number HOH2505 (shown) or HOH2520 oil-filled electric heater, the following recall could affect you.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on April 26, 2007, announced a recall of about 300,000 Holmes oil-filled electric heaters. A poor electrical connection in the heater can lead to overheating, resulting in fire and burn hazards. As of the recall date, the manufacturer had received reports of 59 incidents, among them 12 reports of minor and 36 reports of property damage, including four fires.

The heaters ($40 to $50), made in China, were sold at discount department stores, hardware stores, and other retailers nationwide from September 2005 through February 2007. The model number and "Holmes ®" are printed on the side of the unit near the bottom.

You should immediately stop using the heater and contact the Holmes Group to arrange for a free replacement heater. For more information, call 800-306-2471 or go to www.holmesoilfilledheaterrecall.com to register your heater for the recall.

Essential information:
Use our expert advice to learn how to heat your home safely. If you’re looking for the type of supplemental heating a space heater can provide, read our buyer's guide to pellet- and wood-burning stoves. You might be able to get a deal on a stove at this time of year. And to sign up for CPSC recalls, read our recent blog entry the agency's new consumer-awareness initiative.

   

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