April 7, 1999
Lakewood Engineering Announces Recall of Oil-Filled Electric Heaters

Lakewood Engineering & Manufacturing Co., of Chicago, Ill., is recalling about 23,000 low profile, oil-filled electric heaters. Over time, the electric heating element in the heater could come into contact with the metal frame. This poses an electrical shock and electrocution hazard to consumers.

Consumers can identify these heaters by looking for model number "7400" metal stamped with the Underwriters Laboratories certification on the rear side of the heater. Consumers should unplug the heaters before examining them. These heaters are white, about 10 inches high and 36 inches long, and "Lakewood" is written above the power control. Home supply stores, such as Service Merchandise, and catalogs sold these heaters from August 1998 through March 1999 for approximately $50.

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled heaters, and return them to the store where purchased to receive a refund. For further information, consumers should call Lakewood toll-free at (888) 858-3506 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday.