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Recall of the Week: Insolroll roller shades with solar powered and rechargeable motor due to fire hazard

Insolroll is recalling about 1,500 Insolroll solar powered and rechargeable motor roller shades.

Insolroll rechargeable solar motorized shadeLARGEThe motor of the roller shades has a built-in lithium battery that can overheat while being charged, posing a fire risk, according to the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Insolroll has received one report of the motor on the shade overheating and creating a fire. No injuries have been reported.

Manufactured in the United States by Insolroll Window Shading Systems, the window shades were sold at Insolroll independent window covering installer retailers nationwide from June 2012 through March 2013. The cost was between $400 and $700 per shade.   

The recall includes Insolroll roller shades available with a solar powered motor, model #IN-SOL-R, or rechargeable motor, model #IN-RCG-R. The model numbers are printed on the body of the motor located inside the roller tube.

The rechargeable motors on Insolroll interior solar screen and blackout shades have built-in lithium ion batteries that are used with a solar panel charger or plug-in charger.

The 18-inch by 1-5/16-inch solar panel charger is white on the interior side and black toward the exterior. The plug-in charger is black and measures about 3-inches by 1-5/8 inch by 1-1/16 inch and has a 13-foot cord.

The motors raise and lower the shades controlled by a hand-held remote control or surface-mounted wall switch. The manufacturer’s name is printed on a sticker on the roller tube that can be seen by taking down the shade and removing the fabric.

Consumers should immediately unplug the solar panel charger or unplug the plug-in charger and contact their Insolroll dealer to receive a free replacement motor and installation instructions. If the dealer is unknown, contact Insolroll for a list of dealers. 

For information, call Insolroll at 800-447-5534 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at and click the Product Recall button.

For details on other recalls, see

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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