March 4, 2004


Lasko Products Inc. Announces Recall of Space Heaters


Name of product: Space Heaters

Units: 186,000

Distributor: Lasko Products Inc., of West Chester, Pa.

Hazard: The power cord connection can overheat and cause the cord to separate from the space heater. This poses a fire, burn and shock hazard.

Description: There are two types of heaters involved in this recall. The recalled model 5500 heater is an oscillating ceramic heater with dark grey vents surrounded by a bronze trim. The model number is located on a label under the round base. The Model 5700 heater is an oil filled radiator-type heater. The model number is located on a label on the side of the heater near the right front wheel. The name “Lasko” is printed near the top of both heaters.

Sold at: Retailers such as Dollar General and Sam’s Club stores nationwide from July 2001 through December 2003 for between $40 and $50.

Manufactured in: Model 5500 – China; Model 5700 – Portugal.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the heaters, unplug them and contact Lasko Products for instructions on returning the heater to receive a free replacement heater or a product of similar value.

Consumer Contact: Consumers can call Lasko Products toll-free at (800) 233-6373 anytime or visit the firm’s Web site at for more information and to determine if their heater is involved in the recall.