You a member of faunaclassifieds by any chance?
There's a thread, in the consumer reports section. There aren't a lot of topics there so it should be fairly easy to find. The title is something along the lines of "Warning, this could happen to your pet"
Crapping out can happen in either direction, if you're lucky it just dies and I'll agree this is far more common if it's not used properly. If you're unlucky it can overheat and fry the tape. Either way though the risk can be easily avoided by simply using a rheostat/thermostat and checking to make sure it's working properly on a regular basis (temp guns are beautiful things).
Edit: It's not the only malfunction I've seen, just an easy to locate, third party identifiable example... with a picture.
"Genes, Like Leibnitz's monads, have no windows; the higher properties of life are emergent... And once assembled, organisms have no windows." - Edward Wilson, Sociobiology
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