February 7, 2002
Honeywell Consumer Products Has Recalled Moveable Baseboard Heaters
-Honeywell Consumer Products Inc. (HCP)
has recalled about
450,000 moveable baseboard heaters. The heating element in these baseboard
heaters can short-circuit and ignite combustible material under the heater,
posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
CPSC and HCP have received 53 reports of these heaters short-circuiting,
including two cases where the floor beneath the heater was damaged due to
fire. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled HZ-514 HCP baseboard heaters are about 40 inches long, 8 inches
tall, and 4 inches wide at their widest point. The white baseboard heaters
have the name "Honeywell" printed on the front of the unit. The recalled
a six-digit date code beginning with "97" on a sticker on the back or the
bottom of the unit, or
a date code beginning with the digit "8" or "9" stamped on the flat metal
prong of the electrical cord’s plug, or
a date code beginning with the digits "00" stamped on the flat metal prong
of the electrical cord’s plug and "TYPE I" or nothing stamped on the bottom
of the unit.
Department stores and home centers nationwide sold these baseboard heaters
from October 1997 through January 2001 for between $30 and $50.
Consumers should stop using these heaters immediately, unplug them, and
contact HCP at (800) 311-4204 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through
Sunday or log on to the company’s website at www.honeywell.com to determine
whether their heater is part of the recall.
Consumers with recalled units will be given instructions on how to mail them
back to HCP in order to receive a free replacement heater.
Baseboard heaters with "01" stamped on the metal prong of the electrical
plug or "TYPE II" stamped on the bottom of the unit are not included in this