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Home Hardware warns of a potential overheating hazard with the Classic fan heater

Starting date:
July 21, 2014
Posting date:
July 21, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Fire Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-40671

Affected products

Classic Fan Heater with Thermostat

Product description

This notice involves the Classic brand fan heater with thermostat.  Affected heaters are identified by model number FH03, which is printed on the label found on the bottom of the unit.  The heaters have store item number 3836-023 and UPC 822733016659 printed on the product packaging. The fan has two heat settings (750/1500 watts) and was only sold in black.

Hazard identified

It has been discovered that some units of the Classic fan heater may have sustained some damage where the bracket holding the fan motor assembly was dislodged or broken. There may not be any visible damage, but if the fan motor assembly is not being held by the bracket, the rotation of the fan blade could be impeded causing the motor to overheat and smoke, posing a potential fire hazard.

Home Hardware has received seven reports of the Classic fan heater overheating.  No injuries have been reported.

Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or complaints related to the use of these heaters.

Number sold

Approximately 28,000 units were sold in Home Hardware stores across Canada.

Time period sold

The affected product was sold from March 2012 to July 2014.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Importer
Home Hardware Stores Ltd.
St. Jacobs
Ontario
CANADA

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What you should do

Consumers should check if the fan blade on the unit is rotating properly after it is turned on. If the fan blade does not rotate, turn the unit off immediately. If the unit is within its one year warranty, return it to your local Home Hardware store for inspection and replacement. If the product is out of warranty, then discontinue using the heater and dispose of it.

For more information, consumers may visit the Home Hardware website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.