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|Release # 92-059
Nutone Announces Recall to Replace
Defective Ceiling Fan Socket Hanger Brackets
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), NuTone, Inc. of Cincinnati, OH, is announcing a
voluntary corrective action plan to replace the die cast socket hangers on approximately
310,000 "NuTone" brand paddle fans. The paddle fans involved have a ball and die
cast socket ceiling-mounted device. In some cases the die cast mounting bracket may crack,
allowing the fan to fall.
The fans were manufactured from the Spring of 1983 through the Fall of 1984. They may
include the Verandah, Hacienda, Sea Island, Decorator, and Slimline model 36" and
The paddle fans sold nationwide through NuTone Electrical Distributors. The CPSC was
informed of these potentially unsafe fans by NuTone, Inc., which discovered the problem
after receiving a broken socket hanger from a NuTone service station. NuTone reported five
incidents of the die cast socket hanger breaking. No injuries were reported.
Consumers with the paddle fans are urged to discontinue use. Consumers should not attempt
to disconnect or dismantle the fans themselves. NuTone will replace the die cast socket
with a sheet metal bracket, free of charge. This bracket will insure that the fan will not
Consumers in the continental United States with NuTone paddle fans installed prior to 1986
should call 1-800-352-4287 to receive a safety notice providing instructions and
information on the identification and correction of the affected paddle fans. Consumers
can also write: NuTone, Madison and Red Bank Roads, Cincinnati, OH 45227, Attention:
Paddle Fans. Consumers should specify their name, address and telephone number plus the
words "Paddle Fan Corrective Action" in the letter. NuTone will provide a safety
notice instruction and the name of a local service organization which will install the
replacement bracket free of charge.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this repair program as part of
its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated
with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million
injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of
consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
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