March 24, 2011
As temperatures warm up around the country and consumers pull fans out of storage for use in the warmer seasons, they should be aware of a fan recall affecting 4.8 million fans.
The manufacturer, Lasko Products Inc. of West Chester, PA, has issued a recall of box fans because the company received seven reports of fires caused by the malfunction of these products, including two house fires and one barn fire that caused extensive property damage. The company has linked the fires to an electrical failure in the fan’s motor.
Consumers can identify the recalled fans by the brand name Lasko or Galaxy printed on the front of the fan, the model number either printed or stamped on the fan’s bottom and the date of manufacture stamped on the bottom of the metal frame . Recalled Lasko fans have a model number of 3720, 3723 and 3733 and recalled Galaxy fans have a model number 4733, all with a date of manufacture "2002-03" or "2003-04.”
The manufacturer distributed these fans to mass merchandisers nationwide, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a CPSC release.
If a consumer determines their fan to be part of this recall, they should call Lasko toll free at (877) 445-1314 or visit the company’s website to receive a free fan protection cord adapter.
This adapter will cut off electricity to the fan if it detects a potentially hazardous electrical fault in the fan’s motor or power supply. Once installed, a locking mechanism inside the adapter damages the original plug if there is an attempted removal of the adapter. A non-replaceable fuse inside the adapter will blow if it detects such a power circumstance. If this occurs, the consumer must dispose of the fan.
According to a Lasko Q&A on the website, the company will not replace the fans because the two-year warranty on them has expired.