In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sunbeam Products Inc. has announced a recall of certain Holmes ceramic heaters.
This recall involves Holmes oscillating ceramic heaters sold in black, purple, red, blue and white. The rectangular heaters included in the recall are about 12 inches tall, 8.5 inches wide and 5.5 inches deep and have model number HCH1823M printed on a label on the bottom of the product. The Holmes logo is on the bottom front of the unit and two knobs controlling the fan and the thermostat are on the top. The heater adjusts between a high and low heat setting and a fan only setting.
The recall involves 151,600 of the ceramic heaters which are said to potentially overheat, posing a fire hazard. The company has received 132 reports of units that unexpectedly stopped working and/or overheating, resulting in one report of smoke inhalation and ten reports of property damage involving burned flooring.
The units were sold at Fred Meyer, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide from August 2013 to March 2014 for about $30. Consumers are instructed to immediately stop using the recalled heater, unplug it and contact Sunbeam Products, Inc. for instructions on how to obtain a full refund.