Maytag Corporation, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, voluntarily recalled of its Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners.
The recalled vacuums have defective on-off switches that can overheat the handle and tool holder areas of the vacuum, resulting in a fire hazard.
Maytag has received 249 reports of vacuums overheating, which caused the handle area to smoke, melt, or catch fire. One minor burn injury requiring no medical attention was reported.
Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners are plastic, upright vacuums with the brand name “Hoover” and words “Self Propelled” printed on the front of the product. The model and serial numbers are printed on a label on the back of the vacuum.
The following model numbers are included in the recall: U6423-900, U6425-900, U6425-950, U6445-900, U6445-960, U6449-900, U6450-900, U6451-900, and U6455-900.
An estimated 636,000 defective vacuums were manufactured in the U.S. between May 1998 and November 1999 and were sold throughout the U.S. from May 1998 through July 200 for between U.S. $259 and 279. The recalled models include serial numbers 0598xxxxxxxx through 1199xxxxxxxx, with the first four digits of the serial number indicating the month and year of production (e.g., 0598xxxxxxxx is May 1998).
Consumers were advised to stop using recalled products immediately and contact Maytag for a repair.
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