Vornado Steamfast Steaming Irons Recall Issued Over Fire, Burn and Shock Injury Risks
More than 300,000 Vornado steaming irons were recalled this week because they appear to be prone to overheating, which may pose a risk of severe burns or other injuries for consumers.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the Vornado steam iron recall on April 27, indicating damage to the power cord can cause the iron to overheat, potentially resulting in a fire or injury risk.
Vornado has received at least 50 reports of the power cord overheating, including at least 38 reports of the cord burning, smoking, sparking, or showing other signs of damage caused by excessive heat. However, there have been no reported injuries caused by the recalled steam irons.
According to the recall announcement, the power cord of the compact travel irons can become damaged near the bushing of the cord, which is designed to protect the wires and electrical components of the products.
Officials warn that damage near the cord bushing area can cause the cord to overheat and catch on fire, or can leave the copper wires of the product exposed, which may shock or burn the user.
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The recall impacts Steamfast Home & Away Travel Steam Irons with model numbers SF-717, SF-720 or SF-727 that were distributed between January 2008 and March 2017, and Brookstone Steam Bug Travel Steam Irons with model number 606335 distributed between 2009 and 2013. The affected irons have their brand name, model number and production date code printed on the back and have either a gray or black cord bushing that comes out less than an inch away from the power cord enclosure.
About 317,000 irons were sold in the United States through major retailers including Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon.com, Vernado.com and Steamfast.com for between $13 and $30. Approximately 5,000 were also sold in Canada.
For more information on the recall or to register for the recall to receive a refund in the amount of $19.99, consumers can contact Steamfast or Vornado by phone at 866-827-3362 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. They can also visit www.vornado.com or www.steamfast.com, and click on “Product Recalls.”
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