CPSC Announces Recall Of Turner Heaters; Company Offering $250 Reward

Note: Location and phone of the firm is unknown. Consumers should contact their local
municipal waste disposal agency for guidance on how to safely dispose of the heater.

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Originally issued September 21, 1995, Revised March 13, 2002

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Release # 95-170

 

CPSC Announces Recall Of Turner Heaters; Company Offering $250 Reward

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is announcing the recall of certain Turner model LP-2440 propane gas radiant heaters. The company is offering a $250 reward for the return of the defective heaters. Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a defective burner element in the heaters may be responsible for killing 6 people since 1963.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by incomplete combustion. CO poisoning can cause nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, and in extreme cases, death.

About 20,000 Turner model LP-2440 propane gas radiant heaters were sold for about $30 to $35 nationwide from 1963 to early 1964. About 3,700 heaters may still be in use. The heaters are often resold in yard sales and second-hand stores.

The heaters have a green metal cabinet that is approximately 8 inches wide, 13 inches high, and 3 inches deep with room inside for two 14.1-oz. propane gas cylinders. The model number LP-2440 appears on the front of the heater along with the words, "PORTABLE radiant heater, TURNER CORPORATION".

Consumers should stop using the heater. A remedy is no longer available as the location of the firm is unknown.