The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of Optimus Tower Quartz Heaters Due to Overheating and Fire Hazards. These heaters were sold at Family Dollar Stores nationwide; about 19,640 units have been sold.
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.”
Family Dollar Stores has received 10 reports of overheating, including some reports of temperature knobs melting. If you or a family member has suffered significant burn injuries as the result of using a defective machine or other defective product, please contact one of our personal injury attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C.. You can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.