Space Heater Recall Reannounced After Fire Death

A death occurred in December 2017 in a fire involving a recalled space heater; the victim was a 90-year-old man in Chanhassen, Minn. Vornado has received a total of 19 reports of the heaters catching on fire.

Vornado Air LLC, of Andover, Kansas, has reannounced a recall of about 350,000 VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters because of one death associated with a fire involving the product, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Aug. 22. That death occurred in December 2017; the victim was a 90-year-old man in Chanhassen, Minn., who died as a result of a fire involving the recalled heater. Vornado has received a total of 19 reports of the heaters catching on fire.

The recalled space heater can overheat when in use, posing fire and burn hazards. Vornado first announced the recall in April 2018.

Consumers may contact Vornado toll-free at 855-215-5131 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday or online at www.vornado.com; click on "Recalls" in the lower right corner of the homepage or visit www.vornado.com/recalls and click on the VH101 Personal Heater recall button for more information.

The recall involves Vornado VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters sold in the following colors: black, coral orange, grayed jade, cinnamon, fig, ice white, and red. The heaters measure about 7.2 inches long by 7.8 inches wide by 7.10 inches high and have two heat settings (low and high) and a fan only/no heat setting. "Vornado" with a "V" behind it is printed on the front of the unit. The model/type "VH101," serial number, and ETL mark are printed on a silver rating label on the bottom of the unit.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and contact Vornado for instructions on how to receive a full refund or a free replacement unit. The recalled heaters were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Menards, Orchard Supply, Target, and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Target.com, Vornado.com, and other websites from August 2009 through March 2018 for about $30.

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