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Safety Alert

Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters Recalled by PetSmart Due to Electrical Shock 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: Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters

Hazard: An electrical problem with the aquarium heaters, poses a risk of fire or 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 visit the firm's website at www.petsmart.com and click on "Product Recalls" listed under "Shop With Us" category for more information.

Units: About 112,200 (33,000 heaters were recalled in August 2014), About 4,800 in Canada

Description: This recall involves all 50-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250-watt Top Fin brand plastic aquarium heaters sold between August 2014 and April 2015 with model numbers: HT50, HT100, HT150, HT200 or HT250. The black cylindrical-shaped heaters are about 1.5 inches in diameter and about 13 inches tall. "Top Fin Premium Aquarium Heater," the model number and the heater's wattage are printed on the side of the heater near the top. The lot number is printed beneath the words "Made in China." All lot numbers are included in this recall.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 13 reports of incidents, including four reports of minor shock, seven reports of the water tanks overheating and one report of property damage from an electrical shortage resulting in fire.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and return them to any PetSmart store for a full refund.

Sold exclusively at: PetSmart stores nationwide from August 2014 to April 2015 for between $25 and $40.

Importer: PetSmart Inc., of Phoenix, Ariz.

Manufactured in: China