Following reports that Vornado space heaters are bursting into flames, overheating and melting, about 80,000 of the units sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Menards, Target and other retailers are being recalled from the market.
The Vornado space heater recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on August 14, following at least 29 incident reports indicating the products overheated; including seven reports of the heaters catching fire.
At least one customer has reported suffering smoke inhalation injuries and another reported property damage caused by smoke and soot.
The recall includes Vornado VH110 Whole Room Vortex electric space heaters sold in black or white. The heaters measure roughly 10.5 inches tall by 9 inches deep and 10.5 inches at the base growing narrower at the top.
The heaters have a gray “V” located on the front of the unit and an on/off switch as well as a high/low control button located on the top of the unit. Customer may identify whether their heater is involved in the recall by locating the serial number on a silver decal. If the fourth and fifth numbers are “1” and “3” the heater is part of this recall.
The affected heaters were manufactured in China under Vornado Air, LLC, of Andover, Kansas. They were sold by several nationwide retailers, as well as online at Vornado.com and Amazon.com between June 2013 and May 2014 for about $60.
The CPSC recommends customers with affected space heaters stop using them immediately, unplug them from wall outlets, and contact Vornado at 844-205-7978 or visit them online at www.vornado.com and navigate to the recall link for more information on how to receive a free replacement heater with free shipping.