October 7, 1998

Royal Centurian/Sovereign Announces Recall of Portable Heaters

Royal Centurian Inc. and its affiliate Royal Sovereign Corp., both of Englewood, NJ, are voluntarily recalling about 39,300 portable heaters. The mechanism, which rotates the heater side-to-side, can wear through the insulation of electrical wiring inside the heater's base. In addition, some of the connections between the electrical wires and other components inside of the heater may be faulty. Either of these conditions can result in a fire.

Royal Centurian/Sovereign have received 13 reports of fires involving the heaters, which may have caused the fires. The fires resulted in about $70,000 in property damage.

Only Royal Sovereign model RST-1200 portable heaters with serial numbers beginning with 92, 93, 94, 95 or 96 are being recalled. These heaters use a fan to force the heated air into the room, and they rotate side-to-side to distribute the heated air throughout the room. These units are constructed of black plastic in a cylindrical shape with a diameter of 7 inches and a height of 13 inches. The units are labeled in part, "RS...CERAMIC HEATER AUTO THERMOSTAT CONTROL...120v, 60 Hz, 1500 w...MODEL NO. RST-1200 ...Royal Sovereign Corp.UL LISTED AIR HEATER...MADE IN KOREA." The serial number is located underneath the heater's base. Home building supply and discount stores nationwide, including Hechingerís, Builders' Square, Walmart and Montgomery Ward, sold the heaters from January 1992 through September 1997 for about $99.

Consumers should stop using these heaters immediately and call Royal Centurian Inc. toll-free at (888) 347-2757 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday for instructions on returning the heaters for free repair.