Products manufactured according to substandard standards may inadvertently cause extensive injury or death to its owner, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .
Nearly 20,000 portable electric heaters are being recalled because the internal housing can detach, causing a burn hazard to consumers. Honeywell Surround Select Portable Electric Heaters, distributed by Kaz USA, were sold at Best Buy, Meijer and Walmart stores nationwide from July 2011 through December 2011 for between $50 and $70.
The recall includes Honeywell Surround Select Series portable electric heaters with model numbers HZ-420, HZ-430, and HZ-440 and five-digit date codes that have 11 as the last two digits. The heaters are black or white cylinders with a handle on top. The model number is stamped into the plastic on the bottom of the heater.
The date code is located on the metal prongs of the heater’s electrical plug. “Honeywell” and “Surround Heat” are printed on the front of the heaters.Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the heaters and contact Kaz at (800) 370-8137 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.kaz.com/recall for a refund.