United Pet Group - parent company of Marineland is recalling all of the Stealth and Stealth Pro Submersible Aquarium Heaters. Over 1 million of the Heaters have been sold since 2004 including some here at Exotic Aquarium. Customers who purchased these Heaters should contact Marineland/UPG directly at 1-800-338-4896 where Marineland/UPG will instruct the consumer on what to do. They will issue a refund check or a replacement Heater at their descrition.
HAZARD: A wiring problem can cause the aquarium heaters to overheat or break during normal use, damaging the aquarium and posing fire and laceration hazards to consumers. Overheating can cause the heater to shatter or the aquarium glass to break.
Incidents/Injuries: United Pet Group has received 38 reports of fires resulting in property damage and 45 reports of broken aquarium glass. United Pet Group has received one report of a consumer who has suffered an eye injury when the aquarium heater forcefully broke while he held it.
The recall involves the following Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro aquarium heaters. The heaters are black plastic tubes and have a temperature adjustment knob at the top. The model name “Stealth” (in white letters) or “Stealth Pro” (in red letters) is printed on the side of the heater. The model number and the wattage rating are printed below the model name. Stealth Pro heaters were also sold as part of aquarium starter kits.