May 5, 2005

Holmes Group Announces Recall of Portable Electric Heaters

Name of Product: Portable electric heater

Units: About 13,500

Importer: The Holmes Group, Inc. of Milford, Mass.

Retailer: QVC, Inc. of West Chester, Penn.

Hazard: Some heaters have improperly crimped wires which can result in overheating and a potential thermal burn or fire hazard.

Description: The recall involves the Holmes model HCH4305 portable electric heaters sold by QVC as QVC Item No. V19768. The model number and date code is located on the bottom of the heater. Recalled heaters have a date code beginning with “33xx” through “39xx”.

Sold by: The recalled heaters were sold exclusively by QVC via the QVC cable television channel from October 2004 through January 2005 for about $33.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled heater immediately. QVC is directly contacting all known consumers to arrange for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact QVC Customer Service at (800) 367-9444 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight ET, any day of the week.