Safety Alert Number 0903231

Ritchie Immersion Heaters Recalled By Springfield Wire
Due to Shock Hazard
Release # 09-141
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 747-0222
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately
unless otherwise instructed. Name of product: Ritchie Immersion Heaters
Units: About 13,000
Manufacturer: Springfield Wire Inc. (SWI), of Springfield, Mass. Distributor: Ritchie Industries, of Conrad, Iowa
Hazard: The outer cover of the immersion heater can crack and expose the heating element to water, posing a shock hazard to
consumers. Incidents/Injuries: SWI has received 44 reports of covers cracking. No injuries have been reported. Description: This recall involves the Ritchie Immersion Heaters with model numbers 17863 (120v/250w), 17939 (240v/250w
or 240v/325w), and 17940 (240v/325w). The immersion heater is designed to be submerged in a cattle trough to keep the water
from freezing. The model number along with "SWI" is printed on one side of the heating element and a sticker reading "Ritchie
Specialty Products" is found on the other side. Sold by: Ritchie distributors nationwide from February 2007 through November 2008 for about $60 to $70. Manufactured in: United States (2007) and Mexico (2008)
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled immersion heater and return it to the place of purchase for a free
replacement heater. Contact: For additional information, contact Ritchie Industries at (800) 747-0222 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT, Monday through
Friday, visit the firms' Web sites at or, or contact the dealer from which the
heater was purchased. To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: