As consumers look to space heaters to stave off the winter chill, a large manufacturer has recalled over 100,000 defective units from the shelves.
Lasko Products, Inc. of West Chester, Pennsylvania recalled 107,500 defective space heaters this week in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. An electrical connection in the base of the unit can overheat, causing it to melt and expose the electrical connection.
Lasko received 36 reports of electrical connection overheating with no reports of injury. There were 18 reports of minor burn damage to floors or carpets.
Two defective space heater models were involved in the product recall. The Lasko Model 5540 was sold at Sam’s Club and other retailers from September 2002 through early 2004. The Air Kind Model 8540 was sold primarily through W.W. Granger Inc. from late 2002 to 2004.
Consumers are advised to stop using the defective space heaters immediately and contact Lasko for a free replacement.