When frigid and blustery weather arrives in the region, many home owners, including myself, use small space heaters or oscillating fan heaters to help them stay warm inside their homes. They either buy a new heater or pull the heater they used last year out of the closet. It is important to check if the space heater you are using has been recalled. The most common reason for space heaters to get recalled is due to fire and burn hazards.
Just earlier this week, Sears and Kmart voluntarily recalled Kenmore oscillating fan heaters due to fire and burn hazards. www.cpsc.gov. The fan heaters’ broken motor mounts can cause the units to overheat, catch fire and burn nearby objects. This is a serious fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Approximately 42,500 fans were recalled. The fan heaters have “Kenmore” printed on a silver sticker on the bottom of the fan and involve model number: 127.90914310. They were sold at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide from September 2013 to November 2013 for between $35 and $40. The oscillating fans are gray and white, approximately 12 inches tall and 9 inches wide.
Sears and Kmart received 7 reports thus far of the heaters smoking or catching fire. In 2 of the instances, injuries were reported. Consumers should immediately stop using the fans and return them to the store for a full refund.
Fire and burns can cause serious damage. These heaters can severely burn the consumer and/or damage the consumer’s property. If the fan starts a fire in a home, the consumer may have significant property damage. Worse, the fire may seriously harm and injure the consumer and other people in the home.
If the fan heaters were defectively designed, an injured consumer may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. If they were defectively manufactured, i.e., the design was fine, but there was a mistake at the assembly level (perhaps a wrong part was used to cause the fan to burn and start a fire) the injured consumer may also file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
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