Second Space Heater Recall Following Elderly Death

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall for the second time of about 350,000 VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters because of one death associated with a fire involving the product.

The victim was a 90-year-old man in Chanhassen, Minn., who died in December 2017 as a result of a fire involving the recalled heater. Vornado has received a total of 19 reports of the heaters catching fire.

The recalled space heater can overheat when in use, posing fire and burn hazards. Vornado first announced the recall in April 2018.

The Safety Commission says consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and contact Vornado for instructions on how to receive a full refund or a free replacement unit.

The recalled heaters were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Menards, Orchard Supply, Target, and other stores nationwide and online at,,, and other websites from August 2009 through March 2018 for about $30.

Consumers may contact Vornado toll-free at 855-215-5131 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday or online at; click on “Recalls” in the lower right corner of the homepage, or visit and click on the VH101 Personal Heater recall button for more information.