Popular pet supplies retailer PetSmart has announced a recall of more than 112,000 Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the aquarium heaters suffer from an electrical issue which may result in a fire or electrical shock. A previous aquarium heater recall initiated by PetSmart in August 2014 recalled about 33,000 older units for the same issue.
The aquarium heater recall includes all wattages: 50-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250-watt. Measuring about 1.5 inches inches in diameter and 13 inches tall, the aquarium heaters were sold between August 2014 and April 2015 with one of the following models numbers: HT50, HT100, HT150, HT200 or HT250. The top of each heater will have “Top Fin Premium Aquarium Heater,” the model number and the heater’s wattage printed. The lot number can be found beneath the “Made in China” label.
Before the aquarium heater recall was announced, PetSmart received information regarding 13 different incidents of the heater malfunctioning. Minor shock was reported in four of the reports, while overheating was reported in seven. However, one incident did result in property damage from a fire caused by an electrical shortage.
PetSmart stores across the nation sold the aquarium heaters exclusively from August 2014 to April 2015. The heaters were priced between $25 and $40 and manufactured in China.
Refunds are currently being administered at PetSmart stores to those who return the recalled aquarium heaters.
For more information on the aquarium heater recall and how to obtain your refund, 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.