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#1 1fish2fish

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 01:15 PM

I'm not sure if this was posted so forgive me if it was.

There is now a recall on ALL Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro heaters. Before there was just a recall on the larger ones but it's been changed to all wattages.

Aquarium Heaters Recalled by United Pet Group Due to Fire and Laceration Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro Aquarium Heaters

Units: About 1.2 million

Importer: United Pet Group, of Cincinnati, Ohio

Hazard: 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.

Incidents/Injuries: 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.

Description: The recall involves the following Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro aquarium heaters. 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.
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
300W ML90454-00

Sold at: Pet stores nationwide and on various websites from January 2004 through February 2011 for between $20 and $300.

Manufactured in: China and Italy

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled aquarium heaters and contact United Pet Group for a free replacement aquarium heater or a full refund.

Consumer Contact: 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 at www.marineland.com

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11202.html


I'm screwed :( I have 4 of these heaters running now.. two of them are in spawning tanks where spawns are under way. I have to try to figure out how to get replacements before tomorrow since I'm working then travelling home for a quick easter with the fam.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 01:45 PM

Ahh shoot. Does this apply to older ones too? Mine is two years old now.

How do we go about getting a replacement? Do I have to pay for a new one? :/

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 02:25 PM

I'm guessing it's all heaters regardless of year. The link says to get in touch with Marineland for a replacement or refund but since they're on vacation :thumbdown: We're all SOL for the weekend.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 02:49 PM

Any ideas on other good brands of heaters? I really liked my Stealth :(

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 02:52 PM

Hydor Theo are my favorite. I'm hoping I can afford those with what I get back from these heaters.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 02:54 PM

Ah man, they don't have a 25W. Any that will fit a 2.5g?

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 03:02 PM

Are you sure? I thought they had a 25w version.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 03:35 PM

Oh just kidding, I just had to look at the right website :). Thanks!

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 05:51 PM

Honestly, I've never had issues with my Stealth... but I'm still having it replaced as long as they're paying for it. Ha.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 05:59 PM

Wow, and I have 5 of them. It's so unbelievable. :(

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:01 PM

Ugh, I've had mine for a good 3 years now without issue, and I currently have three of these heaters running. I'd rather safe than sorry, though, so I guess I'll start checking out the prices on the Hydor Theos...

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:14 PM

I had a 200W stealth that just quit working after 4 years of service. Luckily my lazy butt didn't throw it away. I just found it LOL woohoo new free heater.

Thanks for the post.




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