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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 1995

Release # 95-170
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC Announces Recall of Turner Heaters; Company Offering $250 Reward

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is announcing the recall of certain Turner model LP-2440 propane gas radiant heaters. The company is offering a $250 reward for the return of the defective heaters. Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a defective burner element in the heaters may be responsible for killing 6 people since 1963.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by incomplete combustion. CO poisoning can cause nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, and in extreme cases, death.

About 20,000 Turner model LP-2440 propane gas radiant heaters were sold for about $30 to $35 nationwide from 1963 to early 1964. About 3,700 heaters may still be in use. The heaters are often resold in yard sales and second-hand stores.

The heaters have a green metal cabinet that is approximately 8 inches wide, 13 inches high, and 3 inches deep with room inside for two 14.1-oz. propane gas cylinders. The model number LP-2440 appears on the front of the heater along with the words, "PORTABLE radiant heater, TURNER CORPORATION".

Consumers should stop using the heater and call the Turner Portable Heater Recall Line at (800) 889-7672 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, for further instructions on how to identify heaters subject to the recall and return it for the $250 reward.

Media inquiries of the company may be made to Meg Mullery at (202)342-8439.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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