Recall: Petsmart Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters due to electrical shock hazard

Discussion in 'Aquarium Heaters' started by millca, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. millcaValued MemberMember

    I just received this from my cousin:

    -----------NEWS from CPSC-----------
    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
    Office of Communications
    4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

    1 PetSmart Recalls Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters Due to Electrical Shock Hazard  
    Recall Date: August 1, 2014
    Recall Number: 14-244

    PetSmart Recalls Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

    Recall Summary

    Name of Product: Aquarium heaters

    Hazard: The heaters are insufficiently grounded, posing a risk of electrical shock to the consumer.

    Remedy: 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   and click on News Room under About PetSmart at the bottom of the page, then click on Product Notices & Recalls for more information.

    Recall Details

    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 tall. 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

    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.

    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


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

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  2. SW5Well Known MemberMember

    Good to know! I almost bought one of these once, good thing I didn't!

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