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Atico International USA Recalls Heaters Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Dollar General Stores

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: TrueLiving Heater Fans and Portable Quartz Radiant Heaters
Units: About 92,000
Sourcing Agent: Atico International USA, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Importer/Retailer: Dollar General Stores, of Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Hazard: These heaters have caught fire, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Atico has received eight reports of the A14B1053 Heater Fan overheating and 21 reports of the A14B0979 Quartz Heater overheating. Reports for the A14B1053 Heater Fan included one report of damage to an electrical outlet and wall and one report of flames coming out of the front of the unit. Reports for the A14B0979 Quartz Heater included damage to the heater’s plug, one report of flames coming from a control knob and one report of a consumer receiving minor burns to the hand. For both products, reports included incidents of smoke and melting of the plastic casing.
Description: Both heaters can be identified by the following model and item numbers and universal product codes (UPC):
Item | Model# | Item# | UPC
Heater Fans | NSB-200B | A14B1053 | 40022749831
Portable Quartz Radiant Heaters | HD-700 | A14B0979 | 400022750066
Model numbers are found on a silver colored sticker on the bottom of the unit. Additionally, both heaters are marked with manufacturing dates between 6/1/2010 and 8/30/2010. The date code appears as "DATE CODE: 0610"
Sold exclusively at: Dollar General Stores from September 2010 to December 2010. The heater fans sold for about $15 and the quartz radiant heater sold for about $42.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and return them to any Dollar General Store for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Atico International USA toll-free at (866) 448-7856 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.aticousa.com
To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11130.html

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