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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Firm Contact Number: (800) 964-4328
March 31, 2005
Release # 05-145
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 Product: Mr. Heater "Big Buddy" and "Tough Buddy" portable propane heaters
Units: About 55,000
Manufacturer:Mr. Heater, Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio
Hazard: The valve on the propane heaters can leak, posing a fire hazard if an ignition source is present.
Incidents/Injuries: Mr. Heater has received 26 reports of propane leaks. No injuries have been reported.
Description: Only model number MH18B Mr. Heater "Big Buddy" and "Tough Buddy" propane heaters are included in the recall. The model number is located on the rear panel of the unit. The heaters are either black with yellow accents around the burner tiles or light gray with red accents around the burner tiles. "Mr. Heater" is printed in the lower right hand corner of the heaters.
Sold at: Home centers, sporting goods, and hardware stores nationwide from September 2004 through December 2004 for between $120 and $149.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Contact Mr. Heater for instructions on receiving a replacement heater.
Consumer Contact: Contact Mr. Heater Inc. at www.mrheater.com or call (800) 964-4328 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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