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CALABASAS, Calif. – Harbor Freight Tools is recalling roughly 19,000 portable propane heaters because loosened fittings on the product’s back can leak propane, posing a fire hazard.

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Per the notice, the Calabasas, California-based hardware chain is recalling Bauer Forced Air Propane Portable Heaters with item number 57176 printed on the ratings label at the back of the unit.

The company has fielded 13 reports of leaking propane but only one report of a fire igniting. No injuries have been reported to date.

The affected heaters were sold at Harbor Freight locations nationwide and online at www.harborfreight.com from November 2020 until March 5, 2021, for about $100, the recall stated.

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Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled heaters and to inspect the products with a soapy water leak test to determine that the fitting at the back of the unit is not leaking. Harbor Freight is contacting all known purchasers directly with updated instructions for use and detailed instructions on how to inspect and tighten the fittings on the heaters if necessary, using the wrench supplied with the product.

If leaks persist, after self-inspection and appropriate tightening as needed, contact Harbor Freight Tools for more information, the recall stated.

Consumers may reach Harbor Freight Tools by calling 1-800-444-3353 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, emailing productcompliance@harborfreight.com or online at www.harborfreight.com and click on “Recall Safety Information” on the bottom of the homepage for more information.