CPSC recalls Optimus space heater we judged a safety risk

CPSC recalls Optimus space heater we judged a safety risk

The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced the recall of two models of Optimus portable electric space heaters, including one model that Consumer Reports judged a Don’t Buy: Safety Risk last year and asked the safety agency to recall.

We tested the Optimus H-5210, $ 25, along with 19 other models. In our space heater tests, we put terry cloth over each heater to see whether the unit’s sensor shuts it off before it overheats. The Optimus … (read more)

Optimus H-5210 space heater poses safety risk in Consumer Reports tests

Optimus H-5210 space heater poses safety risk in Consumer Reports tests

Electric space heaters are a cheap way to chase away the chills—and they don’t come much cheaper than the $ 25 Optimus H-5210 sold at major retailers like Amazon, Sears, and Walmart. But it was the only electric heater in our tests of 19 models that set our test cloth on fire. We contacted Optimus, and test results it sent us also showed a potential safety problem with this model. It claims to have fixed the problem on … (read more)