|May 1, 2008
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: SoleusAir Space Heaters
Units: About 28,000
Retailer: QVC, of West Chester, Pa.
Importer: Soleus International, of El Monte, Calif.
Hazard: The unit can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received nine reports of flames inside or coming out of the heaters, and 70 additional reports of smoking, overheating, sparking, melting, and/or emitting burning odors. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled heater is a 1,500 watt, black or charcoal-colored, canister-shaped space heater with three heat settings. The unit is about 25" high x 10" in diameter (not including the wheels). The words "SoleusAir 360 Micathermic Heater" are printed on a label located on the front of the unit.
Sold through: QVC's televised shopping programs, its Web site, and in QVC's Studio, employee and retail stores from December 2007 through March 2008 for between $65 and $80.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the heater and unplug it. Consumers who purchased the heater through a QVC television program or QVC.com were mailed instructions on how to receive a refund. Consumers who have not received an information packet should contact QVC. Consumers who purchased the heater at a QVC store should return the heater to any QVC store to receive a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For further information, contact QVC at (800) 367-9444 between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m. ET any day, or visit the firm's Web site at www.qvc.com
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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