Just because you’ve been using the same fan for the past several years doesn’t mean it’s completely safe. In fact, many of us keep using the same fans over and over, never checking to see if they were recalled years ago.
Now that spring is here and summer is just around the corner, you may be hoping to save a bit of money on your utility bills by using a fan. Before plugging one of them in, make sure you’re not using any of the models listed below that were recalled in recent years.
Major Fan Recalls During the Past Five Years
- In March of 2012, Westinghouse Lighting Corp., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recalled about 7,000 Ceiling Fans due to light bulb issues that can make the fans overheat, creating fire and shock risks for those using them. These ceiling fans feature 24-, 30- and 42-inch diameter blades and were sold at many home improvement and hardware stores across the nation;
- In March of 2011, Lasko Products Inc., of West Chester Pennsylvania, recalled approximately 4.8 million Box Fans due to the fans’ motors having an electrical failure problem that can pose fire risks to consumers;
- Several years ago, the Holmes Group of Milford, Massachusetts, agreed to recall about 300,000 Holmes® Oscillating Tower Fans due to faulty wiring that can cause fire hazards to those using them. At least sixteen incident reports involving property damage were received, as well as one injury report tied to smoke inhalation and minor burns. Manufactured in China, these fans were sold at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond;
- In August of 2009, The Modern Fan Co. Inc., of Ashland, Oregon, agreed to recall approximately 1,300 Pensi Ceiling Fans because faulty parts can cause these fans to fall from the ceiling, creating injury hazards to consumers. Like so many other fans used in America, these were manufactured in China;
- Several years ago, A.O. Smith Electrical Products Co., of Tipp City, Ohio, recalled close to 6,300 Whole-house Exhaust Fan Electric Motors because some of them are poorly wired and can overheat.
Again, make sure you aren’t still using any of these fans in your homes or offices. Also, be especially careful when shopping at discount or used equipment stores since they may be erroneously still selling some of these models that may have been on the shelves for years.
If you find you still have one of these models, stop using it immediately and contact the manufacturer to see if you can still receive a reimbursement for the product or be told how you can get it repaired.
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