Three companies, in cooperation with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), have recently voluntarily recalled products. These commonly used household products have caused over 100 reports of damage to carpets, electrical outlets, and electrical cords. Each of the companies are offering either full refunds, repairs, or replacement products. The CPSC would like consumers to know that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled product.
AmerTac Recalls Night Lights
AmerTac is recalling about 261,000 LED Night Lights because an electrical short circuit in the night light may cause it to overheat and smolder or melt, which can result in fire. The importing company, American Tack & Hardware Co. Inc. (AmerTac) of Saddle River, New Jersey, has received 18 reports of the night lights smoking, burning, melting and/or charring, including three reports or minor property damage and one of a minor burn injury.
Three different models are being recalled: model numbers 71193, 71194, and 327879. Of these models, only those with KML molded onto the back are being recalled. Model 71193 is a square shaped white plastic unit with a flat translucent square window on the front and a button for changing the screen color. Models 71194 and 327879 resemble a computer mouse with a white plastic housing and inset translucent windows on the front and sides. The nightlights were sold in hardware stores, lighting showrooms, and home centers nationwide from March 2009 through January 2011 for about seven dollars.
Consumers should stop using the recalled night lights immediately, unplug them from the wall and contact AmerTac for instructions on receiving a full refund. AmerTac can be contacted at (800) 420-7511 between 8 AM and 5 PM Central Time Monday through Friday or visit their website. To see this recall on the CPSC website, click here.
Hoover Recalls WindTunnel Canister Vacuums
Hoover is recalling about 142,000 WindTunnel Canister vacuums after receiving 69 reports of overheating or electrical malfunction, including one report of fire and smoke damage and two reports of carpet damage. There has also been one report of a minor injury. Hoover Inc., of Glenwillow, Ohio, is reporting that the power cord between the power nozzle and the wand connector can short-circuit posing fire and shock hazards. Hoover indicates that this can happen even if the vacuum is off but left plugged in.
The recall involves only the Hoover WindTunnel Canister Vacuum, model number S3755. The vacuum is silver and black and comes with a power nozzle. The model number can be found on the bottom of the canister. The vacuum was reportedly sold in department stores, mass merchandisers and independent vacuum retailers nationwide and online from March 2003 through December 2008 for between $250 and $280.
Consumers should stop using the vacuums immediately and contact Hoover for a free repair. Hoover can be contacted for repairs at (888) 564-2066 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday, or through their website. To see this recall on the CPSC website, click here.
Lasko Recalls Portable Electric Heaters
Lasko Products Inc., of West Chester, Pennsylvania, is recalling about 107,500 electrical heaters because an electrical connection in the base of the unit can overheat. This causes it to melt and exposes the electrical connection, posing a fire hazard. Lasko has received a total of 36 reports of the electrical connection overheating with no reports of injury. There were 18 reports of minor burn damage to floors and carpets.
The portable electrical heaters are 20.5 inches tall, 8.25 inches wide, and 9.25 deep. They are dark grey with silver front covers and black vent slats. The brand names Lasko or Air King are on the top, center of the front cover. Both the Lasko Model 5540 and Air King Model 8540 that were manufactured in 2002 are subject to the recall. The date codes for these models are four-digit numbers which begin with “2″ and can be found on the bottom left area of the label located on the bottom of the unit. Heaters with date codes “3″, “4″, and “5″ are NOT subject to this recall.
The Lasko Model was sold at Sam’s Club and other retailers from September 2002 through early 2004 for $39 to $49. The Air King Model was sold primarily through the maintenance, repair and operating products supply company W.W. Grainger Inc. from late 2002 to 2004 for approximately $80.
Consumers should stop using the heaters immediately and contact Lasko for a free replacement heater. To request a replacement heater, contact Lasko at (800) 363-8044 or through their website. To see the CPSC recall on the product, click here.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Recall Hotline is: (800) 638-2772
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Media Contact is: (301) 504-7908
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