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Update: Vornado to Pay $7.5 Million for Failure to Report Home Heating Fires Hazard
Vornado Air LLC has agreed to pay a $7.5 million civil penalty to resolve charges that the company failed to immediately report to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that its VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heater contained a defect or created an unreasonable risk of serious injury.
CPSC charged that Vornado had information that the heater could overheat and catch fire, posing a risk of burn injuries or home heating fire deaths. Vornado investigated multiple consumer reports of fire, but the firm did not immediately notify CPSC of the defect or risk as required by law. In January 2018, a 90-year-old Minnesota man died in a fire involving a Vornado VH101 space heater.
Vornado recalled the VH101 Personal Vortex heater on April 4, 2018 following a wrongful death lawsuit. The recall was re-announced on August 22, 2018, after Vornado confirmed that the heater involved in the fatal incident was a VH101.
What's the Problem?
This recall affects WarmWave and Hunter 18 inch 1,500-Watt Oscillating Ceramic Tower Space Heaters, under license to Sienhua Group (North America), according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission .
"The ceramic tower space heaters cord and plug can overheat when in use, posing portable space heater fire and burn hazards," CPSC said. "The firm has received eight customer reports of fire at the plug or cord and dozens of customer reports of the plug or cord overheating."
The recalled space heaters are black with an automatic shutoff and two heat settings. The model number HPQ15G-M can be found on the silver ETL label on the bottom of the heater.
Affected heating equipment was sold online and at Home Depot stores nationwide from September 2013 through February 2022 for about $30 to $40 depending on when purchased.
If you purchased a space heater that is affected by this recall, you should stop using it immediately and unplug the unit, and follow the instructions online at (www.homeproductservice.com/recall) on how to properly sever the electrical cord to make the unit unusable, and contact the distributor, Sienhua Group (North America), to receive a prorated refund.
This recall began on June 16, 2022.
The CPSC Recall Number for this item is 22-168.
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