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Recall of the Week: Lasko box fans due to fire hazard

By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

Lasko Products Inc. is recalling about 4.8 million box fans.

11183a An electrical failure in the fan's motor poses a fire hazard to consumers, Lasko and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced in a statement.

Lasko has received seven reports of fires associated with motor failures, including two house fires and one barn fire resulting in extensive property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The recall involves Lasko box fans with model numbers 3720, 3723, and 3733 and Galaxy box fans with model number 4733 that have date "2002-03" or "2003-04" stamped on the bottom of the metal frame. "Lasko" or "Galaxy" is printed on the front of the fan. The model number is either stamped or printed on the bottom of the fans.

Manufactured in the United States, the fans were sold at mass merchandisers nationwide from July 2002 through December 2005 for between $12 and $25.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fans and contact Lasko to receive a free fused plug safety adapter.

For additional information, contact Lasko toll free at 877-445-1314 anytime or visit the firm's website at www.laskoproducts.com.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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