Recall Issued for Aquarium Heaters After Reports of Injury and Fire

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), in cooperation with United Pet Group of Cincinnati, Ohio, has issued a recall for aquarium heaters. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. The CPSC would like to remind consumers that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell products that have been recalled.

About 1.2 million Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro Aquarium Heaters are involved in the recall. According to the recall warning, a wiring problem causes the heaters to overheat or break during normal use. This damages the aquarium and poses a fire and laceration hazard to consumers. Overheating can cause the heater to shatter or the aquarium glass to break.

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United Pet Group has already received 38 reports of fire resulting in property damage and 45 reports of broken aquarium glass. The company has also received one report of an eye injury when the heater broke while being held by the consumer.

The heaters included in the recall are black plastic tubes and have a temperature adjustment knob at the top. The model name “Stealth” in white, or “Stealth Pro” in red is printed on the side. The model number and wattage rating are printed below the model name. Stealth Pro heaters are also sold as part of aquarium starter kits.

Stealth Models Stealth Pro Models
Wattage Model #
25W ETP25
50W ETP50
75W ETP75
100W ETP100
150W ETP150
200W ETP200
250W ETP250
Wattage Model #
25W ML90447-00
50W ML90448-00
75W ML90449-00
100W ML90450-00
150W ML90451-00
200W ML90452-00
250W ML90453-00
300W ML90454-00

The heaters were sold in pet stores nationwide and on various websites from January 2004 through February 2011 for between $20 and $300. Consumers should stop using the heaters immediately and contact United Pet Group for a free replacement or full refund. For more information call 800-338-4896 between 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday. Or visit United Pet Group online.

To see this recall on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, click here.