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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 3, 2002

 

Release # 02-133


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC), Lakewood Engineering & Manufacturing Co., of Chicago, Ill., voluntarily recalled about 107,000 electric heaters. The electrical connections inside of the heater can become loose, causing the heater's metal frame to become energized. This poses a serious electric shock hazard to consumers.

CPSC and Lakewood have not received any reports of incidents. This recall was conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The recalled electric heaters have model numbers 797 or 797 DFT, which is stamped on the back of the unit. The Model 797, which is painted white, and the Model 797 DFT, which is painted gray, have a control panel with temperature and wattage selections. The rounded, metal units also have the word, "/////Lakewood" printed on the control panel.

Retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart and Kmart, sold the heaters between October 2000 and February 2002 for about $30.

Consumers should immediately stop using these heaters, disable and discard them. The firm is out of business and a remedy is no longer available.

Picture of Recalled Electric Heater

Picture of Recalled Electric Heater