Name of product: Portable Infrared Radiant Quartz Electric Space Heaters
Units: About 355,000
Hazard: The heater design can fail to prevent ignition of nearby combustible materials that come in contact with the unit, posing a fire hazard to the consumer.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and contact Optimus to request a free replacement heater. Consumers have the option of a comparable ceramic heater or new model quartz radiant heater, model H-5510, which will be available after August 2013.
Description: This recall involves two models of Optimus Infrared Quartz Radiant heaters with model numbers H-5210, produced in 2011 and H-5211, produced in 2012. The model number and the year of production appear on a label on the back of the heater. The recalled heaters are white and are approximately 12-inches wide by 13-inches tall by 6-inches deep. “Optimus” is printed on the top left of the heater. The control knob is located on the top right side of the heater.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Sold at: Best Buy Market Place, Family Dollar, Heartland, Northern Tool, Rite Aid and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, ebay.com and Walmart.com from October 2011 through December 2012 for between $25 and $30.
Importer: Optimus Enterprise Inc., of Anaheim, Calif.
Manufacturer: Dongguang Hong-Hwa Electric Co. Ltd.
Manufactured in: China
Consumer Contact: Optimus Enterprise Inc. toll-free at (888) 672-5832 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.optimusent.com and click on “recall” for more information. Consumers can also email the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos are available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Optimus-Recalls-Portable-Electric-Heaters.