This week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of millions of box fans, citing “an electrical failure in the fan's motor,” which can pose a fire hazard. (AP, 3/24). The recall affects just under 5 million Lasko Products fans.Although no injuries have been reported to the CPSC, Lasko has been notified of at least seven fires associated with motor failures. Two involved house fires, and all seven caused extensive property damage.
The affected fans were manufactured in the United States and sold between July 2002 and December 2005. Consumers are urged to stop using the fans and contact Lasko at 877-445-1314 for a fused plug safety adapter. As a Chicago products liability attorney, I too urge consumers to cease using these fans without the necessary safety adapters. Consumers should further evaluate whether fans pulled from storage in the coming months are safe for continued use