October 7, 1998Royal Centurian/Sovereign
Recalls Portable Heaters
Englewood, NJ (SafetyAlerts) - Royal Centurian Inc.
and its affiliate Royal Sovereign Corp. are voluntarily recalling about 39,300 portable
heaters. The mechanism which rotates the heater side-to-side can wear through the
insulation of electrical wiring inside the heater's base. In addition, some of the
connections between the electrical wires and other components inside of the heater may be
faulty. Either of these conditions can result in a fire.
Royal Centurian/Sovereign have received 13 reports of fires involving the heaters, which
may have caused the fires. The fires resulted in about $70,000 in property damage. No
injuries have been reported.
Only Royal Sovereign model RST-1200 portable heaters with serial numbers beginning with
92, 93, 94, 95 or 96 are being recalled. These heaters use a fan to force the heated air
into the room, and they rotate side-to-side to distribute the heated air throughout the
room. These units are constructed of black plastic in a cylindrical shape with a diameter
of 7 inches and a height of 13 inches. The units are labeled in part, "RS...CERAMIC
HEATER AUTO THERMOSTAT CONTROL...120v, 60 hz, 1500 w...MODEL NO. RST-1200 ...Royal
Sovereign Corp...UL LISTED AIR HEATER...MADE IN KOREA." The serial number is located
underneath the heater's base.
Home building supply and discount stores nationwide, including Hechingers, Builders'
Square, Walmart and Montgomery Ward, sold the heaters from January 1992 through September
1997 for about $99.
Consumers should stop using these heaters immediately and call Royal Centurian Inc.
toll-free at (888) 347-2757 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday for
instructions on returning the heaters for free repair.
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