April 3, 2002Lakewood Has Recalled Electric Heaters
- Lakewood Engineering & Manufacturing Co. has recalled
electric heaters. The electrical connections inside of the heater can become
loose, causing the heater's metal frame to become energized. This poses a
serious electric shock hazard to consumers.
CPSC and Lakewood have not received any reports of incidents. This recall is
being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The recalled electric heaters have model numbers 797 or 797 DFT, which is
stamped on the back of the unit. The Model 797, which is painted white, and
the Model 797 DFT, which is painted gray, have a control panel with
temperature and wattage selections. The rounded, metal units also have the
word, "/////Lakewood" printed on the control panel.
Retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart and Kmart, sold the heaters between
October 2000 and February 2002 for about $30.
Consumers should immediately stop using these heaters, unplug them, and
contact Lakewood at (888) 858-3506 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday
through Friday to receive a free repair or replacement. Lakewood will
provide consumers with instructions as to how to return the heaters to the
company free of charge.