April 10, 1986  
Release # 86-023


In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Tatung Company of America, Inc., of Long Beach, California today announced the voluntary recall of 80,000 nine-inch 2-speed oscillating desk fans. The fans were sold in 1985 under the Tatung brand name and included models LF-9GKA, LF-9BKA, LF-9GKP, LF-9BKP, and under the Crosley brand name as model CF-9T.

All of the fans are subject to flexural cord failure after an unknown period of use. Cord failure can result in fan failure or ignition of the plastic case. The Commission staff believes the fan presents a fire hazard.

Numerous incidents of fan failure occurred in 1985, including seven reports that the fan caught fire. Although no injuries were reported, several, fires occurred while consumers were asleep.

Consumers should check their nine-inch oscillating fans for the Tatung or Crosley brand names on the decorative base plate, and for one of the listed model numbers printed on the fan bottom. Owners of a recalled fan should stop using it.

Owners can receive instructions for getting a new fan motor and base assembly free of charge by writing to the Fan Recall Program, Tatung Company of America, Inc., 2350 El Presidio Street, Long Beach, California 90810. The owner's letter should include the return name and address.

Tatung and Crosley brand fans were imported by Tatung in 1985, and were sold nationwide by a variety of retail stores. Most fans sold for about twenty dollars.

Consumers who have questions about this recall or who request additional information can call Tatung's toll free hot line at 800-828-8641, or write to The Fan Recall Program at the company's listed address.