PetSmart Recalls Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters Due to Electrical Shock
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2014
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers should stop
using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or
attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
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Name of Product: Aquarium heaters
Hazard: The heaters are insufficiently grounded, posing a risk of electrical
shock to the consumer.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the heater, unplug it, remove
it from the aquarium and return it to any PetSmart store for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: PetSmart toll-free at (888) 839-9638 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MT Monday through Friday or online at www.petsmart.com and click on News Room
under About PetSmart at the bottom of the page, then click on Product Notices
& Recalls for more information.
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Units: About 33,000
Description: This recall involves all 50-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250-watt Top
Fin brand plastic aquarium heaters. The heaters are black cylinders about 1
1/2 inches in diameter and about 13 inches tall2.5 in L x 1.9 in W x 13.5 in
H. Recalled heaters have model number HT50, HT100, HT150, HT200 or HT250. Lot
numbers for the recalled heaters are 1839, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1907, 1908 and
1910. "Top Fin," "Premium Aquarium Heater," the model number and the heater's
wattage are printed on the side of the heater near the top. Below that, the
lot number is printed beneath the words "Made in China."
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Sold exclusively at: PetSmart stores nationwide from March 2014 to April 2014
for between $27 and $37.
Importer:PetSmart Inc., of Phoenix
Manufacturer: Shenzhen Xing Risheng Industrial Co. Ltd., of China
Manufactured in: China
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