Recall: Don’t use this space heater from Bed, Bath & Beyond! They keep catching fire
A space heater sold exclusively at Bed, Bath & Beyond is being recalled, after four units caught fire.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says consumers should stop using KUL Fan Heaters immediately, and contact manufacturer CE North America for instructions on returning the recalled heaters with a prepaid shipping label. The firm will issue a refund check upon receipt of the returned fan heaters, it said.
People who own the heaters can contact CE North America by phone toll-free at 844-645-3208 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at cemglobal.com and click on the "Product Recall" link at the bottom of the page for more information.
About 28,000 units were sold in the United States, and another 260 were sold in Canada, according to a recall notice.
The recall is for small, black portable fan heaters with the KUL logo printed on the front-bottom, next to the power dial. The fan heater measures about 9 inches long by 5 inches wide by 10.5 inches tall, according to the product recall notice. The fans weigh about two pounds.
An adhesive label is on the bottom of the heater with model number "KU39229" and "Date: 0515" in the lower right-hand corner, the recall notice said.
So far, CE North America has received four reports of the fan heaters overheating and catching on fire, but injuries have been reported, the recall notice said.
In general, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs urges caution when using electronic space heaters. It advises only purchasing heaters that bear the label of independent testing laboratories.
It says users should position all space heaters far away from all flammable materials such as curtains, draperies, newspapers and magazines, shag rugs and clothing.
Heaters should be kept away from water, and not be touched when people are wet, it says.
If the cord or plug is hot to the touch, shut off the heater and unplug it, the DCA advises.