Note: The Vornado Trust has agreed to pay a civil penalty relating to this recall.

August 3, 2004
Release #04-191
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 221-5431

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. 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 product: Portable electric whole room heaters

Units: 1 million

Manufacturer: Vornado Air Circulation Systems Inc., of Andover, Kan.

Problem: A faulty electrical connection can cause the heater to overheat and stop working, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Vornado has received 24 reports of heater fires, though no injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled portable electric whole room heaters are designed for indoor use and have model numbers 180VH®, VH®, Intellitemp®, EVH®, and DVH®. The model numbers are located on the bottom of each unit. Each heater is about 11 ? inches long, 9 ? inches wide, and about 12 inches tall; weighs about 6 lbs.; and has the "Vornado" name and symbol on the front.

Sold at: Retailers and distributors nationwide, as well as Vornado's Web site, sold the heaters from July 1991 through January 2004 for between $50 and $120.

Assembled in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled heaters immediately and contact Vornado to arrange for shipping and a repair, free of charge.

Consumer Contact: Contact Vornado at (888) 221-5431 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or log on to the company's website at
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