On April 21st, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with United Pet Group, announced a voluntary recall of their aquarium heaters due to a potential fire and laceration hazard.
What do You Need to Know About this Recall?
A wiring problem can cause the aquarium heaters to overheat or break during normal use, damaging the aquarium and posing fire and laceration hazards to consumers. Overheating can cause the heater to shatter or the aquarium glass to break. United Pet Group has received 38 reports of fires resulting in property damage and 45 reports of broken aquarium glass. United Pet Group has received one report of a consumer who suffered an eye injury when the aquarium heater forcefully broke while he held it.
The recall involves the following Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro aquarium heaters which were imported by United Pet Group. The heaters are black plastic tubes and have a temperature adjustment knob at the top. The model name “Stealth” (in white letters) or “Stealth Pro” (in red letters) is printed on the side of the heater. The model number and the wattage rating are printed below the model name. Stealth Pro heaters were also sold as part of aquarium starter kits. Below are a list of some of the model numbers of these items to help you identify which products have been recalled:
Marineland Stealth Models Marineland Stealth Pro Models
Wattage Model # Wattage Model #
25W ETP25 25W ML90447-00
50W ETP50 50W ML90448-00
75W ETP75 75W ML90449-00
100W ETP100 100W ML90450-00
150W ETP150 150W ML90451-00
200W ETP200 200W ML90452-00
250W ETP250 250W ML90453-00
About 1.2 million of these aquarium heaters were sold at Pet stores nationwide and on various websites from January 2004 through February 2011 for between $20 and $300.
What Should You Do if You Own One of these Products?
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled aquarium heaters and contact United Pet Group for a free replacement aquarium heater or a full refund. For additional information, contact United Pet Group at (800) 338-4896 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website or you can visit the CPSC website for general information about this recall.