January 15, 2014: Sears and Kmart recall Kenmore heating fans
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Sears and Kmart stores, have announced a voluntary recall of the Kenmore oscillating fan heaters. About 42,500 units are being recalled.
What’s the Deal?
Sears and Kmart have determined that the Kenmore oscillating fan heaters sold in their stores pose a fire and burn hazard. Broken motor mounts in the heaters can cause the units to overheat, catch fire and ignite nearby items. The department stores have received seven reports of the fan heaters smoking or catching fire, including two reports of injuries. Injuries include one report of smoke inhalation and one report of a blister to a consumer’s finger.
Do You Own It?
The recall involves model number 127.90914310, the model number and Kenmore are printed on a silver sticker on the bottom of the unit. The fan heaters are gray and white, measure about 12 inches tall by 9 inches wide, have two dials at the top for temperature and fan speed and a red on-off button on the front base. Kenmore is printed on the front bottom.
The fan heaters were sold in Sears and Kmart stores nationwide from September 2013 through November 2013 for between $35 and $40.
What Should You Do?
If you own one of the affected heaters, turn off and unplug them immediately. Fans can be returned to any Sears or Kmart stores for a full refund.
Consumers can call Sears/Kmart toll-free at (888) 820-3341 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT on Saturday, or visit the firms’ websites at www.sears.com and www.kmart.com and click on Product Recall for more information.
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