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Dangerous Heaters and Defective Ladders Recalled by CPSC

Feb 21, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
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Chinese-made heaters that pose a fire hazard and ladders that put users at risk of a fall are the latest defective products recalled by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).

According to the CPSC, portable electric heaters made by Aloha Housewares,  Inc. of Texas  are prone to overheat and melt plastic parts, posing a fire hazard to consumers.  The Aloha heater recall includes about 152,000 heaters sold at Wal-mart and small retail chain stores nationwide from August 2006 through November 2007 for between $35 and $45.  The CPSC said that Aloha Housewares has received 29 reports of the heaters melting, smoking or catching fire, including 18 reports of property damage. One consumer reported minor burns to the hands and feet.  

The recalled Aloha heaters are electric oscillating tower heaters with the name “Aloha Breeze” printed on the top. The white heaters have model number 02044 and dates codes 06/06, 06/07, 06/08 or 06/09. Model numbers and date codes are printed on the silver label located on the back of the heater, near the bottom.  Consumers who purchased one of the recalled Aloha heaters should stop using them immediately and contact Aloha Housewares to receive a replacement product.  Aloha Housewares can be contacted by calling (800) 295-4448 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or via  email at ahitexaslg@aol.com.

The CPSC also announced that Louisville Ladder, Inc. of Louisville Kentucky is recalling about 25,000 “Louisville/Davidson” and “Michigan” Brand Fiberglass Extension Ladders for a fall hazard.  The recalled ladders were sold at industrial supply stores and home centers nationwide from September 2007 through December 2007 for between $130 and $760.  According to the CPSC, the recalled ladders are Type I, IA, or II extension ladders with fiberglass rails and “D” shaped aluminum rungs.  The ladder recall involves only models manufactured from September 2007 through October 2007. The model number and the manufacturing date code are located on the left side rail of the ladders. Ladders with two green dots near the bottom of the left side base rail have already been inspected or repaired and are not included in the recall.  So far, no injuries have been reported in connection with these defective ladders.

Louisville Ladder is recalling the ladders because the extension or “fly” section can fail to lock, posing a fall hazard to consumers.  Anyone with a recalled ladder should not use it, and contact Louisville Ladder at (800) 660-4356 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.louisvilleladder.com for instructions on inspecting the ladder and to obtain a fee repair kit if necessary.

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