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Sunbeam Recalls Holmes Ceramic 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: Holmes Ceramic Heaters

Hazard: The ceramic heaters can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Remedy: Refund

Consumer Contact: Sunbeam Products at (800) 834-0056 anytime, or online at www.holmesproducts.com and click on "Ceramic Heater Recall" for more information.

Units: About 151,600

Description: This recall involves Holmes oscillating ceramic heaters sold in black, purple, red, blue and white. The rectangular heaters included in the recall are about 12 inches tall, 8 ½ inches wide and 5 ½ inches deep and have model number HCH1823M printed on a label on the bottom of the product. The "Holmes" logo is on the bottom front of the unit and two knobs controlling the fan and the thermostat are on the top. The heater adjusts between a high and low heat setting and a fan only setting.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 132 reports of units that unexpectedly stopped working and/or overheating, resulting in one report of smoke inhalation and ten reports of property damage involving burned flooring.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heater, unplug it and contact Sunbeam Products, Inc. for instructions on how to obtain a full refund.

Sold at: Fred Meyer, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide from August 2013 to March 2014 for about $30.

Distributor: Sunbeam Products, Inc., of Boca Raton, Fla.

Manufactured in: China