2.2 Million Heaters Sold Exclusively in Wal-Mart and Made in China, Recalled Due To Fire Hazards
“I won’t leave New Yorkers Out in the Cold” – Small Business Owner Howard Blady
Today small business owner Howard Blady announced he’ll offer a 10% discount on space heaters in response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall of approximately 2.2 million defective heaters sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.
The heaters have caused fires, burns, smoke inhalation, and property damage. The recall comes as the holiday season enters the stretch, and with millions of New Yorkers planning to visit family and loved ones- many of whom may own these defective heaters.
“We’re a local store. We choose better quality products for our neighborhood because we want our customers to come back. We look out for our shoppers because they are our neighbors and this is our community,” said Howard Blady, owner of Klearview Appliance, located at 3707 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn.
“Maybe Wal-Mart does not know this, but here in New York City a little spark from a heater can lead to a disaster for an entire block,” said Pat Boone, a Brooklyn grandparent and leader in New York Communities for Change. “Millions of New Yorkers live in cramped apartments, or in public housing, and a little spark can mean the difference between having a home or not. We don’t need Wal-Mart selling us bad products.”
Blady is encouraging New Yorkers to take advantage of the discount, which he’ll offer throughout the weekend.
There have been 21 reported incidents regarding the heaters. Of those 21, 11 have resulted in property damage beyond the heater itself, and three people have required medical attention for minor burns and smoke inhalation. The rest of the incidents include sparking, smoke irritation and property damage. Owners of the product are urged to stop using it, and return it immediately.
Representatives of Klearview Appliance are available for interviews upon request. To schedule an interview, please contact Eric Koch at Eric@BerlinRosen.com or at 646.200.5309.