PetSmart Top Fin Power Filter Recall: Shock Hazard

More than 150,000 electric aquarium filters, sold exclusively at PetSmart, have been recalled due to a risk that the conductor in the motor may become exposed, posing a shock hazard for consumers. 

The PetSmart Top Fin Filters recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on March 1, after the manufacturer recognized the potential for the conductor on the pump motor to become exposed and electrify the aquarium water. To date no injuries have been reported.

The power filters may create a shock hazard if the conductor becomes exposed to the aquariums water. In the event that the conductor is exposed, electricity will be transferred into the tanks water, potentially causing users to be shocked or electrocuted when putting their hand in the water.

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The recalled aquarium filters includes five models sold under the “Top Fin” brand name. The impacted model numbers include the Power Filter 10, 20, 30, 40, and 75, all of which are black, with a trapezoid-shaped top. The filters display the brand name “TOP FIN” molded on the top of the filter.

The Top Fin filters were manufactured in the U.S. under United Pet Group of Earth City, Missouri. They were sold exclusively at PetSmart stores nationwide and online from September 2015 through December 2015 for between $15 and $64. Some of the filters were also sold as part of the Top Fin 5.5 and 10 gallon LED aquarium kits.

Customers are being asked to stop using the recalled power filters and unplug them from their power supply. The CPSC says customers should remove the pumps from the aquarium after turning off the electric supply and contact United Pet Group at 800-338-4896, or visit them online at a navigate to the “Product Recalls” link for information on how to receive a free replacement filter.


  • EvanAugust 21, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    These updated filters they replaced the old model with cause overflow and nearly started an electrical fire in my home. I have since had to remove the 55 gallon filter and go with a different route for a safety concern.

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