Millions of box fans recalled because of fire hazard
More than 4 million Lasko fans are being recalled.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of box fans are being recalled because of fire risk.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall Thursday of about 4.8 million box fans made by Pennsylvania-based Lasko Products Inc. The commission says an electrical failure in the fan's motor can pose a fire hazard.
No injuries have been reported. But the company has received seven reports of fires associated with motor failures. That includes two house fires and one barn fire - all of which involved extensive property damage.
The fans were made in the United States and sold at mass merchandisers nationwide from July 2002 through December 2005.
The recall covers Lasko box fans with the model numbers 3720, 3723, and 3733, as well as Galaxy box fans with the number 4733, with a date stamp of "2002-03" or "2003-04."
The fans were sold at major retailers nationwide from July 2002 through December 2005 with price tags between 12 and 25 dollars.
The CPSC advises consumers to stop using the fans immediately, and contact Lasko at 877-445-1314 for a free safety adapter to attach to the fan's plug.
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