Portable Electric Heaters Recalled For Overheating Hazard

By Bryan Mercer

Portable Electric Heaters Recalled For Overheating Hazard

February 8, 2011 Updated Feb 8, 2011 at 6:47 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Lasko Products Inc. recalls a few of its portable electric heater models.

About 107,500 units have been sold.

An electrical connection in the base of the unit can overheat, causing it to melt and expose the electrical connection.

That could pose a fire hazard to consumers.

Lasko has already received a total of 36 reports of the electrical connection overheating with no reports of injury.

There were 18 reports of minor burn damage to floors or carpets.

The brand names Lasko or Air King are on the top, center of the front cover of the heaters.

The Lasko Model 5540 and Air King Model 8540 subject to this recall were manufactured in 2002 and have date codes that begin with a "2."

The date code is on the label located on the bottom of the unit.

Consumers should stop using the heaters immediately and contact Lasko to receive a free replacement heater.

You can visit Lasko's website at www.Laskoproducts.com, or call Lasko anytime, toll-free at (800) 363-8044.

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