|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2007
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 524-9204
Tower Fans Recalled by the Holmes Group Due to Fire Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Holmes® Oscillating Tower Fans
Units: About 300,000
Distributor: The Holmes Group, of Milford, Mass.
Hazard: Electrical arcing in the fan's wiring can cause a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: The Holmes Group has received 16 reports of property damage, including one reported injury involving minor burns and smoke inhalation.
Description: The recall involves the Holmes HT30 Oscillating Tower Fan. The model number can be found on the silver label on the back of the unit. The tower fans are white. "Holmes®" is printed on the front of the base.
Sold at: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and additional department and specialty stores nationwide from July 2002 through June 2005 for about $30.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the fans and contact The Holmes Group for instructions on receiving a free replacement unit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call The Holmes Group at (800) 524-9204 anytime or visit the firm's Web site at www.holmesfanrecall.com
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