Just as the weather reports predict plummeting temperatures, Wal-Mart Stores have recalled about 2.2 million electric heaters after receiving reports of burn injuries and property damage from fire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of “Flow Pro,” “Airtech,” “Aloha Breeze” and “Comfort Essentials” heaters sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from December 2001 to October 2009.
The heaters can malfunction and cause overheating, smoking, burning, melting and fire. Wal-Mart has received 21 reports of incidents, it said. Those included 11 reports of property damage beyond the heater, and four injuries. Three people needed medical care for minor burns and smoke inhalation. The 1,500-watt heaters sold for about $18 and have model number 1013 on a label on the back panel.