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3M Recalls Filtrete Room Air Purifiers Due to Fire Hazard

  • Filtrete Air Purifier
  • Filtrete Air Purifier package
  • Filtrete Air Purifier Lowes package
Name of Product:
Filtrete™ room air purifiers
Hazard:
The ion generator in the air purifiers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Remedy:
Replace
Recall Date:
March 26, 2013
Units:
About 10,000
Consumer Contact

3M Company; at (800) 388-3458 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.filtrete.com/roomairpurifiers and click on the link FAP00-RS recall for more information.

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves 3M air purifiers branded Filtrete. The air purifiers are white, made of plastic and plug into the wall. They measure about 19 inches tall by 8 inches wide with a 13 inch tall by 4.5 inch wide air filter. They have a two-speed fan knob with Filtrete embossed on the top. The two recalled models are Ultra Quiet, number FAP00-RS, and Maximum Allergen, number FAP00-L, which was sold only at Lowe's stores. The products serial numbers begin with E, F, G, H, I or J and the model and serial numbers are located on the bottom of the product.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately unplug the recalled air purifier and contact 3M to obtain a prepaid shipping box to return the product for a free replacement.

Incidents/Injuries:

3M has received two incident reports: one of an air purifier overheating and another of an internal room air purifier filter catching fire. No injuries or property damage reported.

Sold At:
Ultra Quiet at Ace Hardware, Bi-Mart, Do It Best, Fred Meyer, Handy Hardware Wholesale, Nuthouse, Orchard Supply, Orgill Bros., Petco, Rite Aid, Strosniders, Theisen Farm & Home, True Value Hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com and others. Maximum Allergen sold only at Lowe's stores. The FAP00-RS model was sold from November 2008 through January 2013, and the FAP00-L model was sold from October 2012 through January 2013, both for about $60.
Importer:

3M Company, of St. Paul, Minn.

Importer

3M Company, of St. Paul, Minn.

Manufactured In:
Taiwan
Recall number:
13-154
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