This week in safety: Mop recall may have owners steamed

Consumer Reports News: July 17, 2009 09:01 PM

If you're like most people, mopping the floor is one of your least favorite chores. But to add injury to insult, just imagine getting shocked or burned while doing it. That's what happened to at least 18 people using the H2O Mop Steam Cleaner made by Thane. This week 580,000 of the steam cleaners were recalled because the power cord can unexpectedly wear down and expose the wiring, posing a shock and burn hazard.

The recall involves a certain series of reference numbers, which you can find on the recall notice. The souped-up mops were sold directly to consumers by Thane through television infomercials; on the Web at; by QVC through its televised shopping program; and by retailers nationwide from June 2007 through December 2008 for about $100.

Everyone who bought a unit directly from Thane is being sent a repair kit. Those who bought it elsewhere should contact Thane at (800) 485-0017 or visit the firm's Web site. Of course, there's always the old reliable rag mop.

Update (05/19/10): Good news. Our steam mop testing has begun. Watch the video from our labs. We'll keep you posted on our progress.

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