Recalled Vornado Space Heaters Can Melt, May Cause Fires

It might be hot outside, but it's time to think about space heaters. Specifically, Vornado VH 110 whole-room Vortex electric space heaters.

They're being recalled because they can start fires, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Vornado told the CPSC that it has received 29 reports of units overheating and melting. Among those were seven that reportedly caught fire. The company said one person suffered smoke inhalation, and another incident caused property damage from the soot and smoke.

The 79,000 recalled Chinese-made space heaters were sold for about $60 between June 2013 and May at Bed Bath & Beyond (BBY), Home Depot (HD), Menards, Target (TGT) and other retailers -- and online through the company website and (AMZN).

If you have one of the units, you're asked to contact Vornado to get instructions on getting a free replacement. You should not have to pay for shipping. Consumers can contact Vornado at (844) 205-7978 weekdays between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern or visit the Vornado recall site.

Off-season recalls can be problematic in terms of getting consumers to act. Some companies -- and there's no evidence to suggest that's what happened here -- delay recalls until it's less likely that consumers will return items and ask for replacements.

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Electric space heaters have always been dangerous. They are often too powerful for the circuits that they are attached to, and should NEVER be plugged in with an extension cord. They are not intended to be used as a primary heat source. In my opinion, 120V electric heaters over 1000 watts should be banned. Scores (hundreds?) are killed in fires started by them every winter.

August 17 2014 at 11:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to elendil3136's comment

1000w heater on 120V circuit would draw just a little over 8 amps, and should be fine on most hoisehold circuits.

August 18 2014 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cigarettes are a fire hazard too.

August 17 2014 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

arent all heaters made in china?

August 17 2014 at 6:45 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to zacarihissss's comment

no, some are made in Mexico.

August 19 2014 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you so much for publishing this! I have been buying the Vornado's for years have to.. landlord does not give enough heat and need this to supplement. What a shick I have been replacing these about every two years because they get rattling and old and are hard to clean actually. Thank you so much DF I am glad I read the aol news today!!!!

August 16 2014 at 1:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wouldn't trust any heater like that. Mayb on low but not hi. Make sure your outletss are good not loose

August 15 2014 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to karlbassplayer's comment

YEP... I won't buy a heater that ONLY puts out 1500 Watts or so.
I've noticed that many when run on "High" (1500 or higher) tend to have the plugs get hot.
I go with the Medium setting.
Some years back I had one in a bathroom to take the chill out of the bathroom when taking a shower in Winter so as to not heat the whole house too high.
ANYWAY... One day the plug melted away, sparks everywhere!
I replaced the teeny one it came with with a heavy duty one but even that one got really hot.
The culprit? ....... In a highly 100% humidity bathroom even the brass prongs of the plug and outlet can oxidize a bit over time. ( Like rust but not quite.) The connection gets weak and causes resistance. ( Like a toaster)
I killed the power, took the outlet out temporarily, and used one of those sandpaper-like fingernail files to burnish all the connecting points.
It worked good even at high, FOR AWHILE, then it was filing time again soon so I opted to put in a blower to outside to highly limit how long the room stays humid, but soon i'm going to have a permanently wired one installed.
Your right though......... One should NEVER run these things on high unattended and CERTAINLY NOT when no one, or only children or sleeping people are home.

August 15 2014 at 10:54 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to abourge458's comment

the same method that toasts your bread is what makes your heater warm up your room. Only difference is a small fan to blow the heat into the room. What makes the inside of the toaster and the space heater hot? Resistance.

August 15 2014 at 11:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down

ALSO........ Check to ensure a heater has a "Tipover switch" ( I used to assume they all did until I found out otherwise. ) VERY EXTRA important with kids or pets around!
I had this neat little electric quartz heater near my desk that could warm me quickly till the house heat kicked in.
Story.... Under my desk heater got knocked over, I didn't know till I smelled the rug starting to burn.

August 15 2014 at 11:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to abourge458's comment

You get what you pay for.

August 15 2014 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kind of a shitttty picture dont you think,,,posably trying to protect the Chinaman?

August 15 2014 at 1:49 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to jerry's comment

Noted in the way they said the heaters were made in China.

August 15 2014 at 11:22 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Hi there!!!

Goods made in China -- but who designed them, and where??? Who initially supplied the money to build factories in China - maybe industrialists and venture capitalists in the West?? Who or what is making the profits??? Who, and what entities and politicians, pushed for International Free Trade agreements. Yes, there is a lot to take into consideration here.

August 19 2014 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply