Citing fire and burn risks, Vornado recalls 350,000 personal heaters

WASHINGTON — With winter finally behind us, most people are probably putting away their space heaters until next year. However, you may want to take a closer at that unit, because it could pose a fire hazard.

Vornado, a popular brand of space heater, issued a recall notice on Wednesday for more than 350,000 of its VH101 series personal heating units. The recall was set out when it was determined that the device could overheat while in use and catch on fire.

Vornado said in a recall statement that they took this action in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission when it was determined that the units were a potential hazard.

This recall does not apply to all VH101 models sold, so buyers will have to check for themselves whether the recall applies to their unit.

This is not the first recall of a heater series that Vornado has issued in recent years. A whole room series heater that the company produced had a recall issued in 2017 after several units melted, and a few caught fire. Before that, a Nursery Series heater was recalled because it too posed a melting and fire risk.

To check whether your personal heater is affected by this recall, visit Vornado’s recall page.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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