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April 7, 1999

Release # 99-090
CONTACT: Kim Dulic
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183

CPSC, Lakewood Engineering Announce Recall of Oil-Filled Electric Heaters

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 control.

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 Friday.

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 report product hazards to