2 Million Heaters Sold at Walmart Recalled, Blamed in Fires

Walmart heater recallMore than 2 million portable electric heaters sold at Walmart stores are being recalled after 21 incidents, including fires in which four consumers were hurt, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze & Comfort Essentials 1500 watt heaters are being recalled. They are gray and have vents and metal handles. The Chinese-made heaters were sold at Walmart stores for about $18 between December 2001 and October 2009. They have the model number 1013 on the label that is on the bottom left on the back of the heater.In 11 of the 21 incidents received by Walmart, damage spread beyond the heaters. The CPSC said three of the four people hurt required medical attention for burns and smoke inhalation.

Companies are required under federal law to report to the CPSC when a product has a defect that poses a hazard or there is an "unreasonable" risk of serious injury or death.

The CPSC said the heaters can "malfunction," causing them to overheat, smoke, burn, melt or catch on fire.

If you have one of the heaters, stop using it and bring to any Walmart for a full refund.

For more information, call Walmart at (800) 925-6278 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern Time.
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