Nearly 5 million box fans sold under the “Lasko” and “Galaxy” brand names have been recalled after several fires were traced back to the fans’ motors.
The box fan recall was announced on March 24 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after Lasko Products Inc., the manufacturer, indicated that at least seven reports of fire have been associated with the fans, including a barn fire and two house fires that caused extensive property damage.
The CPSC recall notice states that the fires are likely the result of an electrical failure in the fans’ motors which constitutes a fire hazard for consumers.
The fan recall affects about 4.8 million Lasko box fans with model numbers 3720, 2723 and 3733, as well as Galaxy box fans with model number 4733. The model numbers are located on the bottom of the fans. All of the affected fans will have a date of 2002-03 or 2003-04 stamped on the bottom of the metal frame. “Lasko” or “Galaxy” will be on the front fan plate.
The fans were sold as mass merchandisers nationwide from July 2002 through December 2005 for about $12 to $15.
This is the second major Lasko recall this year. In early February the company had to recall about 110,000 portable space heaters. Like the fans, those heaters had electrical defects which turned them into a fire hazard. There were dozens of reports of fires in connection with the recalled heaters.
The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately stop using the fans and contact Lasko to receive a free fused plug safety adapter. Consumers with questions can call Lasko at 1-877-445-1314 or visit their website at www.laskoproducts.com.