About 200,000 ceiling fans recalled due to flying blades

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Around 200,000 defective ceiling fans were recalled by Home Depot due to flying blades that can harm people and break properties.
  • The Hampton Bay 54-inch Mara Indoor/Outdoor fans were made in China and distributed by King of Fans.
  • King of Fans said that the issue was an “isolated” case and was offering a free replacement.

Home Depot has recalled more than 190,000 of its sold ceiling fans.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the company discovered that the fan blades could disengage while in use, which may cause property damage.

“We’re committed to the safety and quality of our products so we contacted the Consumer Product Safety Commission and voluntarily recalled the product and stopped sales when we discovered the issue,” the Home Depot tells PEOPLE.

There were 47 reports of detached blades of the Hampton Bay 54-inch Mara Indoor/Outdoor fans, which were then sold in stores and online from April to October, according to the commission.

Further, in at least two of the incidents, consumers were hit, but the severeness of the injuries was not revealed. Meanwhile, some properties were damaged in four of the reports.

The agency warned consumers in its recall note to “immediately stop using the fans and said they should contact the distributor, King of Fans, for a free replacement if they noticed “blade movement or uneven gaps between the blades and fan body.”

King of Fans said in a statement that the issue was an “isolated manufacturing defect” involving a screw that was not “adequately secured.” It added that the issue did not affect all of the Mara 54-inch fans and shared a video link to help consumers determine if the product they bought is defective.

The manufacturer apologized “for any inconvenience” of the issue, and said that the customers’ safety is its “priority.”

Previously retailed for $150, the fan was manufactured in China. Product recall involves fans in four finishes: matte white, matte black, black and polished nickel. 

Source: PEOPLE.com

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