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Westinghouse ceiling fans recalled due to electrical shock and fire hazards

Consumer Reports News: March 22, 2012 09:08 AM

Approximately 7,000 ceiling fans are being recalled by Westinghouse Lighting Corp., said the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The fan and light kits come with 60-watt lightbulbs, which exceed the fixtures' wattage ratings, posing a risk of overheating, fire and electric shock to consumers.

There have been no reports of injuries or damage caused by the recalled Westinghouse ceiling fans. However, the CPSC recommends consumers should stop using the fan and light fixtures until receiving two correct, 40-watt replacement lightbulbs from Westinghouse for free.

Consumer Reports' Guide to energy-saving and green living advises that ceiling fans can be cost-efficient means to keep cool—especially when used in conjunction with the right air conditioners. But to find the right type of lightbulb—including energy- and cost-efficient CFLs and LED bulbs—for such fixtures, consult the Consumer Reports lightbulb buying guide.

This CPSC safety recall involves five models of Westinghouse Lighting ceiling fans (see chart) with 24-, 30- and 42-inch diameter blades. The item number is printed on the fan's motor housing while "Westinghouse" is printed on the fan's ceiling canopy.

They were sold at home improvement and hardware stores, home centers and electrical product suppliers nationwide and online at Amazon.com from January 2011 through January 2012 for between $135 and $150.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ceiling fans and contact Westinghouse Lighting (toll-free: 888-417-6222 Web: www.westinghouselighting.com) for the free replacement lightbulbs and additional information.

Item Number Description Photo
72243
24-inch ceiling fan
gun metal finish with opal-frosted light kit
6 blades (black/graphite color)
Picture of recalled ceiling fan item number 72243
78631
24-inch ceiling fan
chrome finish with opal-frosted light kit
6 blades (dark wood/beech color)
Picture of recalled ceiling fan item number 78631
72245
30-inch ceiling fan
espresso finish with opal-frosted light kit
3 blades (espresso/dark cherry color)
Picture of recalled ceiling fan item number 72245
78763
30-inch ceiling fan
chrome finish with opal-frosted light kit
3 blades (dark wood/beech color)
Picture of recalled ceiling fan item number 78763
78764
42-inch ceiling fan
gun metal finish with opal-frosted light kit
3 blades (black/graphite color)
Picture of recalled ceiling fan item number 78764

Source:
Ceiling Fans Recalled by Westinghouse Lighting Due to Shock and Fire Hazards [CPSC]

Paul Eng

   

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