Family Dollar Stores Recalls Optimus Tower Quartz Heaters Due to Overheating and Fire Hazards

The brand name Optimus and two temperature knobs appear on the portable electric heaters.

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: Tháng Năm 09, 2013
Recall number: 13-186
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  • Optimus Tower Quartz Heater, Model Number H-5232

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    Optimus Tower Quartz Heater, Model Number H-5232

  • Control panel of the Optimus Tower Quartz Heater

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    Control panel of the Optimus Tower Quartz Heater

  • The Optimus Tower Quartz Heater model number is on the bottom of the unit.

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    The Optimus Tower Quartz Heater model number is on the bottom of the unit.

Recall Summary

Name of product:

Portable Heaters

Hazard:

The heaters can overheat posing a fire hazard.

Consumer Contact:

Family Dollar Stores at (800) 547-0359 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.familydollar.com, then click on Product Recalls in the Help section at the bottom of the page.

Report an Incident Involving this Product

Recall Details

Units

About 19,640

Description

Optimus Tower Quartz Heaters are portable electric tower heaters that are about 10 inches wide, 25 inches tall and 9 inches deep. The heaters have a white metal casing with a white plastic top, a wire cage protecting the heating elements and vent slits at the bottom. The front section of the top has the brand name Optimus, a power light, a caution light and two dials. One dial turns the heater on or off and selects the power of either 750 watts or 1500 watts. The other control knob selects the heat range between high and low. The rear section of the top has fire, high temperature and shock warnings and diagrams of the heater being used in 750 watt mode and 1500 watt mode. Model number “H-5232” is on a silver sticker on the bottom of the heater below the words “Optimus” and “Quartz Heater.”

Incidents/Injuries

Family Dollar Stores has received 10 reports of overheating, including some reports of temperature knobs melting. The firm has not received reports of injury, fire or property damage.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the heaters and return the product to any Family Dollar Stores location for a full refund.

Sold exclusively at

Family Dollar Stores from September 2012 through December 2012 for about $35.

Importer

Family Dollar Services Inc., of Matthews, N.C.

Manufactured in

China

  • Optimus Tower Quartz Heater, Model Number H-5232

  • Control panel of the Optimus Tower Quartz Heater

  • The Optimus Tower Quartz Heater model number is on the bottom of the unit.