WASHINGTON — The manufacturer of portable space heaters sold under the Patton and Sears brand names is offering to repair a defect that could cause the units to catch fire, Consumer Product Safety Commission officials said Friday.
Patton Electric Co. of New Haven, Ind., is offering the repairs for heaters it made in 1984. Three instances have been reported in which the plastic-body heaters either melted or flamed up, the commission officials said.
The heaters involved are Patton models HF-8 and HF-12W and Sears model 201.362010. They have date codes between 8407 and 8412 on a label at the base of the model.