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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced last month a voluntary recall of its Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze & Comfort Essentials Heaters. This recall affects 2.2 million units in the U.S.

According to the CPSC and Wal-Mart, who distributes the heaters, the units can malfunction resulting in overheating, smoking, burning, melting and fire. “Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed,” the CPSC said in a statement. Wal-Mart has received 21 reports of incidents, which included 11 reports of property damage beyond the heater. Injuries were reported in four incidents, three of which required medical attention for minor burns and smoke inhalation. The remaining incidents included smoke irritation, sparking or property damage beyond the heater.

A physical description of the heaters, in case you might have purchased one from Wal-Mart in the last couple years: The heaters are 1500 watt units, and are colored gray with a metal handle on the top with vents and gray control knobs. The model number is 1013 and can be found on a label on the lower left corner of the back panel of the heater.

(c) Copyright 2011 Brett A. Emison

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