More than half a million H2O Mop Steam Cleaners manufactured by Thane International, Inc., have been recalled as result of reports that people could be burned or shocked by a defective power cord.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the steam cleaner recall on Thursday after Thane reported that at least 10 people were shocked and eight suffered burns after the power cord unexpectedly wore down.
The recall affects 580,000 Thane H2O Mop Steam Cleaners, which were sold throughout the United States between June 2007 and December 2008 through television commercials, retailers, QVC and Thane’s website. The units sold for about $100 and were manufactured in China.
The CPSC recall notice warns that the power cord can wear down unexpectedly, exposing the wiring and creating a risk of burns or electric shocks to users. Owners have been advised to immediately stop using the recalled steam cleaners and to contact Thane at (800) 485-0017 to request a free repair kit.
The steam cleaners are white with a purple water tank with “H2O” and “M” printed on top of the cleaning head. The recalled units have the model numbers 808.092 and OEM-TV-001, and only include the H2O steam cleaners with the following reference numbers printed on a label on the back: 200709198 to 200803148 or H20M1000 to M-H20M1198.