All Recall Heater Models
CPSC and Lasko Products, Inc. Announce Recall of
Ceramic Space Heaters, Lasko Model 5540 and Air King Model 8540
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), Lasko Products,
Inc. of West Chester, PA is recalling approximately 104,500 Model 5540 and approximately 3,000
Air King Model 8540 ceramic space heaters. An electrical connection located under the base of
the unit can overheat and cause the base to melt, possibly exposing the electrical connection
underneath. This poses a potential fire hazard.
Lasko has received 36 reports of the electrical connection overheating. In 18 of these incidents,
there was minor damage to floors or carpeting. There have been no reports of injuries involving
these heater models.
The Model 5540 and Air King Model 8540 heaters are oscillating ceramic heaters that are silver
and gray with black vents. The name “Lasko” is printed at the top of the Model 5540. The name
“Air King” is printed at the top of the Model 8540. Affected Model 5540 units were sold primarily
through Sam’s Club and other retailers from 2002 through 2004. Affected Air King Model 8540 units
were sold primarily through W.W. Grainger, Inc. during the same time period.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the
public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries
and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than
$700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and
families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical
hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer
products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household
chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of
deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline
at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 or visit CPSC's
Web site at
Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at
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LASKO MODEL 5540 (AIR KING MODEL 8540 IS IDENTICAL IN APPEARANCE BUT HAS THE "AIR KING" NAME AT THE TOP OF THE UNIT)
If you have a model 5540 or 8540, turn the heater over and check the date code located on the label
located at the bottom of the unit as shown. ONLY UNITS WITH A DATE CODE THAT BEGINS WITH A "2" ARE AFFECTED.
If your heater has a date code that begins with a "3", "4" or a "5" the unit is not subject to the recall
as it did not use the same type of electrical connection as the recalled units.
If you have a recalled Model 5540 or 8540 unit, please select the model number and enter the date code
and serial numbers in the boxes below to determine if your heater is subject to the recall and
register to receive a free replacement heater.