|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|November 30, 1983|
|Release # 83-061|
Washington, D.C.--In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the General Electric Company (GE) warns consumers that its 1983 nine inch portable 2-speed oscillating fan, model F-l-OF-9A, presents a fire hazard. In the initial CPSC/GE news release of July 28, 1983, GE announced a recall program, indicating that fan overheating could result from a defective speed control switch, and warned that some fans could present a potential fire hazard.
CPSC and the General Electric Company have reassessed the problem and have determined that this fan can ignite in flames and is a severe fire hazard. GE has received 17 additional reports of overheated fans or fan fires since the July 28, 1983, news release. A total of 35 incidents have been reported by GE. Though no injuries have resulted, GE and CPSC are concerned that a number of these fire incidents have occurred while fans were operating at night when consumers were asleep. GE estimates that approximately 2,100 fans out of more than 10,000 still in the hands of consumers are subject to this problem.
GE's voluntary recall program involves the replacement of the nine inch Fl-OF-9A fan with a twelve inch model, at no cost to the consumer.
Owners of GE portable oscillating fans are asked to read the model number on the bottom of the fan base. Consumers who identify their fans as model Fl-OF-9A should stop using it, unplug the unit and not attempt to disassemble or service it themselves. Owners should then call the GE Answer Center a 24-hour toll-free service at 800-626-2000 (ask for Dept. 25), for complete information on free replacement. No other fans or products are involved.
GE has also indicated that it will attempt to reach owners of the Fl-OF-9A fan through owner registration cards. Information concerning this matter is also available to consumers on CPSC's toll-free Hotline at 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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