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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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