Vornado Steamer Recall Issued After 122 Reports of Hot Water Spraying From Nozzle and Causing Burn Injuries

Consumers are being urged to immediately stop using recalled Vornado steam cleaners, due to problems that may cause steam and hot water may spray or spit from the nozzle.

More than 2 million Vornado garment steamers were recalled this week, following reports that suggest the devices are spraying users with hot water or steam, resulting in dozens of burn injuries.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the Vornado Garment Steamers recall on February 8, indicating that design defects may cause hot water to spray from the steam nozzle while heating or during use, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers.

At least 122 reports have been identified involving problems with the Vornado steamers spitting or spraying hot water from the steam nozzle, including 23 incidents where consumers suffered burns or other injuries.

The recall impacts Vornado, Steamfast, and Sharper Image branded handheld garment steamers, which are designed to be filled with water and emit steam from a nozzle head to remove wrinkles from clothing or fabric.

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Vornado Steaming Iron Recall

This is the second major Vornado recall in the last year. The manufacturer previously issued a Vornado steam iron recall in April 2023, impacting more than 300,000 devices after the CPSC learned about the damage to the power cord, causing the iron to overheat, potentially resulting in a fire or injury risk.

The CPSC expanded the Vornado steaming iron recall on December 14, impacting an additional 1.75 million steamers on top of the 300,000 previously recalled in April 2023. They warned that damage to the power cord can cause the iron to overheat, smoke, burn the cord itself, or show other signs of excessive heat damage.

At the time of the recall expansion, Vornado had received at least 24 new reports of the power cord overheating, including 18 new reports of the cord burning, sparking, or showing other signs of damage caused by excessive heat. Since the initial recall, at least two new incidents involving electric shock injuries have been reported by customers.

Vornado Garment Steamers Recall

In the latest update, the manufacturer announced that it is recalling a total of 2 million Steamfast, Vornado, and Sharper Image-branded handheld garment steamers. The affected model numbers for Steamfast are SF-425, SF-435, SF-440, SF-445, and SF-447; for Vornado, it’s model number VS-410; and for Sharper Image, it’s model number SI-428.

These steamers were distributed to Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other stores nationwide, as well as online at Amazon.com, Vornado.com, sihomecomfort.com, Steamfast.com, and other websites from July 2009 through January 2024, for prices ranging between $14 and $35. They were sold in a variety of colors including white, black, light pink, hot pink, sage green, and teal blue.

Customers are advised to immediately stop using the steamers. They can determine if their steamer is included in the recall by checking the brand name on the side of each unit, as well as the model number on the label located on the bottom of the steamer. Additionally, they can contact Vornado for instructions on how to dispose of the steamers and to receive a full refund or a free replacement.

Consumers can contact Vornado toll-free at 888-240-2768 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday; or online at www.vornado.com/recalls/hhgs or www.vornado.com, www.steamfast.com, or www.sihomecomfort.com and click on “Product Recalls” at the top of the page for more information.

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