If You Have This Fan at Home, Stop Using It Immediately
A manufacturing problem is causing the blades to fly off.
You probably don't think much about your ceiling fan, despite the fact that it consists of metal blades whizzing by just overhead. But a new fan recall will have you paying much more attention. According to a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a popular ceiling fan which has sold at least 182,000 units, has been voluntarily recalled for safety concerns. Read on for more on this fan recall, and for another product to ditch, check out These Beloved Holiday Cookies Have Just Been Recalled.
The product in question is the Hampton Bay 54-inch Mara Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan in the finishes matte white, matte black, black, and polished nickel, sold exclusively at Home Depot. On Dec. 23, CPSC reported that the manufacturer, King of Fans, had received 47 complaints of "blades detaching from the fan, including two reports of the fan blade hitting a consumer and four reports of the blade causing property damage." Consumers are warned that they should immediately stop using these ceiling fans, and follow instructions from the manufacturer to inspect their unit for safety. As the manufacturer explains, the malfunction is due to a "manufacturing defect with the assembly of the fan blade's locking clip to the fan's flywheel, where one of the two screws retaining the locking clip is not adequately secured to the flywheel."
In other words, if you've ever noticed concerning blade movement, uneven gaps between the blades and fan body, or any movement of the clip during inspection, you should uninstall the unit immediately. You can also look at the UPC code printed on a silver rating label at the top of the fan to determine if your unit could be compromised. Those codes are 082392519186 for matte white, 082392519193 for matte black, 082392599195 for black, and 082392599188 for polished nickel.
The company invites customers to contact King of Fans for a free replacement ceiling fan, or to visit their recall site for more information. Read on for more recent recalls that have shocked customers, and for more products to toss, check out If You Take These Popular Supplements, Stop Now.
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