FDA advises consumers to stop using heating pads manufactured by HoMedics, Inc. because the products may cause burns or fires. Consumers should return the heating pads to the place of purchase immediately. See the FDA “Advice For Patients” page for a list of the product model numbers affected by the recall.
On March 19th, 2007 Recall classified by FDA as Class I.
The original recall began on February 3, 2007:
HoMedics and FDA notified consumers and healthcare professionals of a nationwide recall of 292,108 heating pads produced by HoMedics and shipped within the United States in 2001 and 2002. Some of the heating pads contain an inadequate connector crimp, which can lead to a high resistance connection that may generate excessive heat. This can pose a risk of minor or first degree burn injuries, fire or damage to the heating pad itself or to materials (like bedding and furniture) that come in contact with the pad. Consumers who have any of the heating pads should discontinue use of the product and return it immediately to the retailer of purchase for a full refund. See recall notice for specific HoMedics Heating Pad Model Numbers.
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