More than 190,000 ceiling fans sold at The Home Depot have been recalled after it was discovered that their blades could come loose when turned, causing personal injury and property damage.
Hampton Bay’s 54-inch Mara Indoor / Outdoor Fans were sold in stores and online from April to October this year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. About 182,000 of the fans were sold in the United States and about 8,800 in Canada, it said.
There were 47 reports of blades peeling off fans. Two of these episodes involved the severed blades hitting people, and there were four reports that the blades caused property damage. It was unclear whether the people hit by the blades had been injured.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the recall affected matte white, matte black, black and polished nickel fans. It advised consumers to stop using the fans immediately, adding that they should contact the fan distributor, King of Fans, for a free replacement if they experience “blade movement or uneven gaps between the fans Notice the blades and the fan body ”.
The problem has been traced back to an “isolated manufacturing defect,” King of Fans said in a statement to consumers last week. King of Fans said the issue did not affect all Mara 54-inch fans and provided a link to a video that will teach consumers how to determine if their product is defective.
“We are proud of the quality of our products and the safety of our customers is our priority,” they say.
The Home Depot did not immediately respond to a request for comment.