Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Safety Alert

Optimus Recalls Portable Electric Heaters Due to Fire Hazard

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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Portable Infrared Radiant Quartz Electric Space Heaters

Hazard: The heater design can fail to prevent ignition of nearby combustible materials that come in contact with the unit, posing a fire hazard to the consumer.

Remedy: Replace

Consumer Contact: Optimus Enterprise Inc. toll-free at (888) 672-5832 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.optimusent.com and click on "recall" for more information. Consumers can also email the firm at return.optimus@gmail.com.

Units: About 355,000

Description: This recall involves two models of Optimus Infrared Quartz Radiant heaters with model numbers H-5210, produced in 2011 and H-5211, produced in 2012. The model number and the year of production appear on a label on the back of the heater. The recalled heaters are white and are approximately 12-inches wide by 13-inches tall by 6-inches deep. "Optimus" is printed on the top left of the heater. The control knob is located on the top right side of the heater.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and contact Optimus to request a free replacement heater. Consumers have the option of a comparable ceramic heater or new model quartz radiant heater, model H-5510, which will be available after August 2013.

Sold at: Best Buy Market Place, Family Dollar, Heartland, Northern Tool, Rite Aid and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, ebay.com and Walmart.com from October 2011 through December 2012 for between $25 and $30.

Importer: Optimus Enterprise Inc., of Anaheim, Calif.

Manufacturer: Dongguang Hong-Hwa Electric Co. Ltd.

Manufactured in: China