Berko Electric Toe-Space Heaters Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2007
Release #07-298

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 642-4328
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

Berko Electric Toe-Space Heaters Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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 Products: Toe-Space Electric Heaters

Units: About 84,000

Manufacturer: Berko Electric, of Peru, Ind., now known as Marley Engineered Products, of Bennettsville, S.C.

Hazard: If the fan stops working and the heater continues to run, the unit can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Marley has received 29 reports of fires resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves electric, toe-space heaters typically installed in kitchens and bathrooms at floor level in the recessed space under cabinets. The recall includes Berko Electric catalog numbers TS, TS-1 and TS-1A and Emerson Electric "Chromalox Comfort Heating" and "Environmental Products" catalog number KSH2000. The heater is controlled by a wall thermostat or a thermostat mounted on the front of the heater. The heater has a removable, black metal grille that measures 23 1/2 -inches wide and 3 1/2 -inches tall with five sets of openings, each with seven horizontal louvers.

Sold by: Berko Electric wholesale distributors nationwide from 1972 through February 1985 and Emerson Electric wholesale distributors from 1980 through February 1985 for between $70 and $170.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off the heater at the thermostat and, if possible, at the home’s circuit breaker or fuse. Consumers should contact Marley to determine if they have a recalled heater and for further instructions.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Marley at (800) 642-4328 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.berkomep.com

Picture of Recalled Toe-Space Electric Heater