Honeywell Consumer Products Has Recalled Moveable Baseboard HeatersFeb 7, 2002 | SafetyAlerts 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 heaters have:
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