January 7, 2000Cadet 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
This action is being conducted in conjunction with
the company filing Chapter 11 and in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety
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
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 http://www.cadetco.com.
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