By: Staff Writers | Published: February 17th, 2011
Reports of TrueLiving Heater Fans and Portable Quarts Radiant Heaters bursting into flames has resulted in a recall of about 92,000 of the space heaters, which were sold exclusively at Dollar General stores.
Eight reports of the True Living heater fans overheating and 21 reports of the Quartz radiant heaters overheating have led to the Dollar General heater recall, announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Reports to Atico International, the manufacture, include at least one minor hand burn and several reports of flames shooting out of the units.
The TrueLiving heater fan problems have caused damage to electrical outlets and walls, and have erupted in flames. The Quartz radiant heater reports include flames coming out of the control knob. With both heaters, some consumers have reported that the units smoked and the plastic casings melted.
The space heater recall affects Dollar General TrueLiving Heater Fans with model number NSB-200B, an item number of A14B1053 and a UPC of 40022749831. It also affects Dollar General Portable Quartz Radiant Heaters with model number HD-700, an item number of A14B0979 and a UPC of 400022750066.
The heaters were sold only at Dollar General Stores from September 2010 to December 2010. The heater fans sold for about $15 and the quartz radiant heaters were sold for about $42.
The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately stop using the recalled heaters and return them to any Dollar General Store for a full refund. Consumers with questions can go to Atico International USA’s website at www.aticousa.com.