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Consumer product recall

United Pet Group Inc. Recalls Top FinTM Power Filters for Aquariums

Starting date:
March 1, 2016
Posting date:
March 1, 2016
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) and United Pet Group Inc.

Affected products

Top FinTM Power Filters for Aquariums

Product description

This recall involves five models of Top FinTM Power Filters.  The models included in this recall are Top Fin Power Filters 10, 20, 30, 40 and 75.  The filters are black with a trapezoid shaped top and were sold exclusively at PetSmart.  The words "TOP FIN" are molded into the top of the filter.  The filters were also sold as part of Top Fin 5.5 and 10 gallon LED aquarium kits.

The filters are UL certified.

Hazard identified

A conductor on the pump motor can become exposed and electrify the aquarium water, posing a shock hazard to consumers.

Neither United Pet Group nor Health Canada has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these products in Canada or in the United States.

Number sold

Approximately 3,294 units of the recalled products were sold exclusively by PetSmart in Canada; and approximately 155,000 of the recalled products were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from September 2015 to December 2015 in both Canada and in the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States.



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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled filters, unplug them from the power supply, remove from the aquarium, and contact United Pet Group for a free replacement.

For more information, consumers may contact United Pet Group toll free at 1-800-338-4896 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the United Pet Group website and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

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.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.