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Consumer product recall

PetSmart recalls Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters

Starting date:
June 19, 2015
Posting date:
June 22, 2015
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Electrical Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC), PetSmart, Inc. (in the United States) and PETM Canada Corporation operating as PetSmart (in Canada)

Affected products

Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters

Product description

This recall involves 50W, 100W, 150W, 200W and 250W Top Fin brand plastic aquarium heaters.   The black cylindrical-shaped heaters are about 4 centimeters in diameter and about 33 centimeters in length.

Heaters with the following model numbers are included in this recall.

Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heater (50W, 100W, 150W, 200W, 250W)
Model Number UPC Description Certification  authorization number
HT50 73725745804 Top Fin plastic aquarium heater  50W UL E230625
HT100 73725745800 Top Fin plastic aquarium heater 100W UL E230625
HT150 73725745801 Top Fin plastic aquarium heater 150W UL E230625
HT200 73725745802 Top Fin plastic aquarium heater 200W UL E230625
HT250 73725745803 Top Fin plastic aquarium heater 250W UL E230625

Model numbers are printed on the side of the heater near the top.

Hazard identified

The aquarium heaters may overheat or short circuit, posing a fire or electrical shock hazard.

Neither Health Canada nor PetSmart has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries in Canada related to the use of these aquarium heaters.

PetSmart, Inc. has received reports of 13 incidents in the United States, including four reports of minor electrical shock to consumers, seven reports of water tanks overheating and one report of minor property damage due to an electrical shortage resulting in fire.

Number sold

Approximately 4830 units were distributed to PetSmart's retail stores across Canada.  Approximately 112,200 were distributed to PetSmart, Inc. stores in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from August 2014 to March 2015 in Canada and from August 2014 to April 2015 in the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China



Shenzhen Xing Risheng Industrial Co., Ltd.



PETM Canada Corporation, operating as PetSmart




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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled aquarium heater and return it to any PetSmart store for a full refund.

For more information, consumers can contact PetSmart toll-free at 1-888-839-9638 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website and click on “Product Recalls” listed under the “Shop With Us” category.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.