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Lasko Portable Heater Recall: Fire Hazard in Midst of Extreme Cold

If you have an electric heather, you might want to pay attention. Lasko is recalling around 107,500 portable electric heaters due to a risk of overheating, melting and exposing electrical wires and other components which can cause a fire.  

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Product Safety Commission, Lasko has issued a voluntary recall. Anyone who owns a heater subject to the recall should permanently stop using it. Do not give it to someone else or attempt to resell it. Consumers are entitled to receive a free replacement unit. Consumers should not attempt to fix or alter the unit in order to make it safe for continued use. 

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Product Safety Commission, there have been 36 reports of Lasko heaters overheating. No injuries have been reported at this time from heaters subject to the Lasko portable heater recall.

Here are the specifics of the recall:

Manufacturer: Lasko Products Inc., of West Chester, Pa.

Model: Brand names Lasko or Air King appear on the top, center of the front cover. Model numbers include Lasko 5540 and Air King 8540, manufactured in 2002. Recalled units will have a date code on the bottom left area of the label that starts with the number 2. 

Sold at: The Lasko units were sold at retail stores and  Sam's Club from September 2002 through early 2004. The Air King was sold primarily through W.W. Grainger Inc. from late 2002 to 2004.

Manufactured in: China

For more information on the Lasko portable heater recall, visit Lasko's website at You can also call Lasko toll-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (800) 363-8044.

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