April 7, 1999
Release # 99-090
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183
CPSC, Lakewood Engineering Announce Recall of
Oil-Filled Electric Heaters
WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lakewood Engineering & Manufacturing
Co., of Chicago, Ill., is recalling about 23,000 low-profile, oil-filled electric heaters.
Over time, the electric heating element in the heater could come into contact with the
metal frame. This poses an electrical shock and electrocution hazard to consumers.
Lakewood is not aware of any reports of electrical shock or injuries involving these
heaters. Lakewood discovered this hazard from an examination of returned heaters and as a
result of testing.
Consumers can identify these heaters by looking for model number "7400" metal
stamped with the Underwriters Laboratories certification on the rear side of the heater.
Consumers should unplug the heaters before examining them. These heaters are white, about
10 inches high and 36 inches long, and "Lakewood" is written above the power
Home supply stores, such as Service Merchandise, and catalogs sold these heaters from
August 1998 through March 1999 for approximately $50.
Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled heaters, and return them to the
store where purchased to receive a refund. For further information, consumers should call
Lakewood toll-free at (888) 858-3506 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CDT Monday through
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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
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