Lasko Products Inc. recalled 4.8 million of its box fans after seven reports of fires, including two in houses and one in a barn, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
So far, no one has been hurt, though the fires caused extensive property damage. The safety agency said an electrical failure in the fan motor creates a fire hazard.Included in the recall are Lasko box fans with model numbers 3720, 3723, 3733 and Galaxy box fans with model number 4733 with the date "2002-03" or "2003-04" stamped on the bottom of the metal frame. The fans were sold at stores nationwide from July 2002 though December 2005 for $12 to $25.
Consumers should not use the American-made fans, but should call Lasko to get a free fused plug safety adapter at (877) 445-1314.
The company said consumers can register online to receive as many as four plugs with one registration. Lasko also said only its box fans are affected by the recall. Table fans, tower fans, pedestal fans, oscillating fans or clip models are not included.
In February, Lasko also recalled electric heaters sold at Sam's Club and other stores because they could overheat.
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