In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), SMC Marketing Corp. of Grand Prairie, TX, U.S. and The Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. of Atlanta, GA, U.S. are voluntarily recalling about 2.2 million "SMC" brand oscillating floor fans.
Consumers were advised to stop using the recalled fans immediately. The recalled appliance's electric power cord can be damaged by the oscillation motion of the fan. The damage to the cord can result in a short circuit and possible ignition of the plastic case, posing a fire hazard.
CPSC is aware of 31 incidents in which the cord on these fans was damaged, which resulted in smoke and fires. At least nine of these incidents resulted in substantial property damage.
The recall includes 18-in, pedestal floor fans with model number SR-18 or SP-18. All of the recalled fans are white with the brand name, "SMC," written on the faceplate of the front grill. The Home Depot sold these fans from January 1997 through October 2001 for about U.S. $20. The recalled fans also were sold at other retailers, some of which have gone out of business.
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