About 33,000 aquarium heaters have been recalled by PetSmart Inc., of Phoenix. The heaters are insufficiently grounded, posing a risk of electrical shock to the consumer. This recall involves all 50-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250-watt Top Fin brand plastic aquarium heaters. The heaters are black cylinders about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and about 13 inches tall. Recalled heaters have model number HT50, HT100, HT150, HT200 or HT250. Lot numbers for the recalled heaters are 1839, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1907, 1908 and 1910. “Top Fin,” “Premium Aquarium Heater,” the model number and the heater’s wattage are printed on the side of the heater near the top. Below that, the lot number is printed beneath the words “Made in China.”
The heaters were sold exclusively at PetSmart stores nationwide from March 2014 to April 2014 for between $27 and $37. Consumers should immediately stop using the heater, unplug it, remove it from the aquarium and return it to any PetSmart store for a full refund. Call PetSmart toll-free at 888-839-9638 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at www.petsmart.com and click on News Room under About PetSmart at the bottom of the page, then click on Product Notices & Recalls for more information.
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