FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

September 21, 1995

 

Release # 95-170

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.- 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.