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January 7, 2000

Cadet Manufacturing Warns of Possible Fire Hazards and Prepares for Recall of Wall Heaters

Vancouver, WA (SafetyAlerts) - Cadet Manufacturing Co. has today announced they are preparing a recall of certain wall heaters that may present a fire hazard.

This action is being conducted in conjunction with the company filing Chapter 11 and in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

This is the second recall of Cadet in-wall heaters.  Additional heaters were recalled in October of 1997.  To view the 1997 recall click here.

The recall will commence upon final approval of the Bankruptcy Court. The Court has scheduled a hearing to consider confirmation of Cadet's plan of reorganization on January 5, 2000. If the Court confirms Cadet's plan of reorganization and approves the recall at that time, the recall should commence in the second to third week of January 2000.

The affected heaters are the Cadet FW, FX, LX, TK, ZA, Z, ZC, RX, RLX, RA, or RK models.

Cadet has stated concerns with Z and ZC model heaters, as some elements may be defective which could cause flames or molten particles to spew outside the heatbox . No further information regarding the defects with these models is available at this time. Until a final program is announced, which Cadet expects to occur in mid-January, and you have replaced your Z or ZC model heater, please use an alternate heat source if available. If no alternate heat source is available, use the heater only while you are in the room, keep everything at least 3 feet away from the heater

In addition, the staff of the CPSC has also concluded that the Cadet FW, FX, LX, TK, ZA, RX, RLX, RA, or RK models contain defects that could create unreasonable risks of injury. According to the staff, these heaters are defective and could overheat, fail, and/or catch fire, and could spew flames or molten particles outside the heatbox.

Although Cadet does not necessarily agree with the CPSC's conclusions, in the interests of public safety it has decided to cooperate with the CPSC and provide replacement heaters to consumers at the lowest cost possible.

Until a final program is announced, which Cadet expects to occur in mid-January, please keep everything at least 3 feet away from the heater, and comply with the following CPSC instructions:

* Inspect the heaters for lint and dust buildup.
* Keep the heaters clean and free from lint and dust buildup. Remember to turn the power off at the circuit breaker when cleaning the heaters.
* Keep furniture, drapes and other flammable materials away from the heaters.
* Make sure every floor of the home, especially near bedrooms, has at least one fully operational smoke detector.
* Have a well-defined and rehearsed escape plan and an alternate escape plan in the event of a fire.

To find out if you have one of the recalled heaters, follow the steps, provided by Cadet, below:

1) WARNING! Turn electrical power off at the circuit breaker panel or fuse box and lock or tag circuit breaker door. Failure to do so could result in serious electrical shock, burns or possible death.

2.) Turn heater thermostat all the way up to ensure power is off.

* If heater turns on, the wrong circuit breaker was turned off at breaker panel or fuse box.

* If heater does not turn on, proceed to step #3.

3.) Remove screws and take off grill.

4.) Locate sticker on heatbox (usually clear sticker with gold lettering). This will have the model of that particular heater.

5.) If the letters FW, FX, LX, TK, ZA, Z, ZC, RX, RLX, RA, or RK appear within the model number, your heater is part of this program.

For additional information consumers should call call Cadet at 1-800-567-2613 or visit their website at

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