CPSC, Lakewood Announce Recall of Oil-Filled Electric Heaters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued January 26, 2005, Revised April 15, 2009
Release # 05-094
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Note: Firm is out of business, and a remedy is no longer available. Please disable and discard the product.

 

CPSC, Lakewood Announce Recall of Oil-Filled Electric Heaters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Model 5101 oil-filled electric radiator heaters

Units: 70,000

Manufacturer: Lakewood Engineering & Mfg. Co., of Chicago, Ill.

Hazard: Welds can rupture, expelling hot oil that can burn nearby consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Lakewood is aware of 28 reports of incidents, including one burn injury from spewing oil. An additional 14 heaters with ruptured welds have been returned to Lakewood.

Description: The recalled heaters are portable electric radiator-style heaters with six fins, one of which has the control panel attached to it. The units are grayish-white in color and have the name "Lakewood" printed below the handle indentation on the control panel. The model number "5101" is printed on the UL label on the lower right side of the control panel.

Sold at: Retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart and Ace Hardware, from August 2004 through November 13, 2004 for between $34 and $40.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these heaters, unplug, disable and discard them. The firm is out of business, and a remedy is no longer available.
Picture of Recalled Oil-Filled Electric Heater