According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, as of 10/8/14, PAB Two has recalled about 1700 units of its Thermalstrike Expedition model bed bug treatment system due to a fire hazard:
PAB Two has received four reports of the flexible, electrical conducting strip breaking, including one report of a fire in a unit and three reports of units sparking. No injuries or significant property damage were reported.
The CPSC alert notes the products were sold by
Bedbug Central, Bedbug Supply, Protect-a-bed, Univar, pest control companies and pest control product distributors nationwide and online at Amazon.com from December 2011 through May 2014 for between $189 and $199.
The good news is there’s a fix and it doesn’t sound too complicated. If you have a Thermalstrike Expedition covered by the recall, here’s what you need to do:
Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the Expedition and register their unit online to receive an ASC Diagnostic Unit free of charge. The diagnostic unit will immediately turn off the system when it detects a break in the conducting strip.
If you need additional information or help, the CPSC says you should contact
PAB Two toll-free at (866) 470-1755 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at www.thermalstrike.com and click on Important Product Upgrade at the top of the page for more information.
You can also read the full alert from the USCPSC here.