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PROPANE HEATERS

Name of product: Mr. Heater Big Buddy and Tough Buddy portable propane heaters.

Units: About 55,000.

Manufacturer: Mr. Heater of Cleveland.

Hazard: The valve on the propane heaters can leak, posing a fire hazard if an ignition source is present.

Incidents/injuries: Mr. Heater has received 26 reports of propane leaks. No injuries have been reported.

Description: Only model number MH18B Mr. Heater Big Buddy and Tough Buddy propane heaters are included in the recall. The model number is located on the rear panel of the unit.

Sold at: Home centers, sporting goods, and hardware stores nationwide from September 2004 through December 2004 for between $120 and $149.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Contact Mr. Heater for instructions on receiving a replacement heater.

Consumer contact: (800) 385-2605 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays or visit www.regcen.com/heaterrecall.

From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: To find a list of recalled products, visit www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prerel.html. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270.