Lasko Products Inc. is recalling about 107,500 portable electric heaters due to fire hazard. An electrical connection in the base of the unit can overheat, causing it to melt and expose the electrical connection, posing a fire risk to consumers.
Lasko received a total of 36 reports of thsis happening, but no reports of injury. There were 18 reports of minor burn damage to floors or carpets.
The portable, electric, tower heaters are 20.5 inches tall x 8.25 inches wide x 9.25 inches deep. They are dark grey with silver front covers and black vent slats. The brand names Lasko or Air King are on the top, center of the front cover. The Lasko Model 5540 and Air King Model 8540 subject to this recall were manufactured in 2002 and have date codes that begin with a "2. The date code is a four-digit number on the bottom left area of the label, above the voltage number. The label can be found on the bottom of the unit. Heaters with date codes beginning with "3," "4" or "5" are not subject to this recall.
The Lasko Model 5540 was sold at Sam’s Club and other retailers from September 2002 through early 2004 for $39 to $49. The Air King Model 8540 was sold primarily through the maintenance, repair and operating products supply company, W.W. Grainger Inc. from late 2002 to 2004 for approximately $80.00
Consumers should stop using the heaters immediately and contact Lasko to receive a free replacement heater. For additional information and pictures of affected models, visit Lasko’s website at www.Laskoproducts.com, or call Lasko anytime, toll-free at (800) 363-8044.