Family Dollar Stores Recalls Optimus Tower Quartz Heaters Due to Overheating and Fire Hazards

 Family Dollar Stores Recalls Optimus Tower Quartz Heaters Due to Overheating
                               and Fire Hazards

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Consumers should stop using
this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise
instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer


Recall Summary

Name of product: Portable Heaters

Hazard: The heaters can overheat posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the heaters and
return the product to any Family Dollar Stores location for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Family Dollar Stores at (800) 547-0359 from 8:30 a.m. to 5
p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at, then click on
Product Recalls in the Help section at the bottom of the page.

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Recall Details
Units: About 19,640
Description: Optimus Tower Quartz Heaters are portable electric tower heaters
that are about 10 inches wide, 25 inches tall and 9 inches deep. The heaters
have a white metal casing with a white plastic top, a wire cage protecting the
heating elements and vent slits at the bottom. The front section of the top
has the brand name Optimus, a power light, a caution light and two dials. One
dial turns the heater on or off and selects the power of either 750 watts or
1500 watts. The other control knob selects the heat range between high and
low. The rear section of the top has fire, high temperature and shock warnings
and diagrams of the heater being used in 750 watt mode and 1500 watt mode.
Model number "H-5232" is on a silver sticker on the bottom of the heater below
the words "Optimus" and "Quartz Heater."
Incidents/Injuries: Family Dollar Stores has received 10 reports of
overheating, including some reports of temperature knobs melting. The firm has
not received reports of injury, fire or property damage.
Sold exclusively at: Family Dollar Stores from September 2012 through December
2012 for about $35.
Importer: Family Dollar Services Inc., of Matthews, N.C.
Manufactured in: China

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in
receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this
product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please
tell us about your experience with the product on

Media Contact
Please use the phone numbers below for all media requests.
Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe

SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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