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Harbor Freight Tools recalls portable propane heaters for repair

November 3, 2021 By    

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall notice for about 19,000 Bauer forced-air portable propane heaters. The fitting at the back of the heater may fail to be sufficiently tight, causing the heater to leak propane gas and posing a fire hazard.

As of mid-September, the CPSC had received 13 reports of propane gas leaking, including one report of a fire. No injuries had been reported.

The portable propane heaters are red and measure 13 in. long, 9 in. high and 17 in. wide. The name “Bauer” is printed on the side of the heater in white letters. The heater has item number 57176 printed on the ratings label at the rear of the unit, located next to the gas inlet.

The units were sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide and online at from November 2020 until March 5, 2021, for about $100.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable propane heaters and inspect the heaters with a soapy water leak test per these instructions from Harbor Freight Tools to determine that the fitting at the back of the unit is not leaking. Harbor Freight Tools 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.

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