Honeywell Consumer Products, of Southborough, Mass., is recalling about 1.6 million heaters sold under the Duracraft brand name. The heaters can overheat, presenting a fire hazard.
Honeywell has received 56 reports of heaters overheating or catching fire, causing one minor injury. Some of the fires relating to these heaters caused extensive damage.
Only Duracraft model CZ-303, CZ-304, CZ-308, CZ-318, CZ-319
Heat Express and DeLonghi model CER-1 portable electric ceramic heaters
are involved in this recall. The model number is located on a silver sticker
on the bottom of the heater. The heater is 1500 watts and is colored black.
Control knobs are located on the top or front of the unit. "Heat Express
" and "Duracraft " or "DeLonghi" appear on the front of the unit.
Retail outlets including discount stores, home centers, club stores and catalogue showrooms nationwide sold the Duracraft heaters from January 1989 through March 1998 for about $50 to $75. The DeLonghi heaters were sold from January 1989 through December 1990.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and call Honeywell at (800) 632-9498 anytime for instructions on returning their product for a free replacement.