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|Release # 92-077
Duracraft Corp. Voluntarily Modifies
Certain 16" Brass and Platinum Plated Fans
PRODUCT: Duracraft Corporation's 16"
brass-plated fans, model numbers DP-161, DP-1601 and DP-1602 manufactured before February
1991. The affected models can be identified by the stamped date-of-manufacture code at the
bottom of the fan base. The first two digits of the code represent the month, the last
two, the year.
PROBLEM: Fans' blades may fracture and fly from the fan grill, possibly striking someone
nearby. Additionally, grill clips may not adequately hold fan grills together.
WHAT TO DO: Call Duracraft's toll-free number, 1-800-882-0064 for a free modification kit
containing replacement blades, stronger grill clips and installation instructions.
DISCONTINUE USE UNTIL FAN HAS BEEN MODIFIED.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Duracraft Corporation, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC), announced the voluntary modification of its Duracraft models
DP-161, DP-1601 and DP-1602, fans manufactured before February 1991.
Some of these 16" fans have blades that may fracture while in use possibly striking
someone nearby. In addition, the grill retaining clips sold with the fans may not hold the
fan grills together. Duracraft reports 47 instances involving fan blade parts escaping
from the grill.
The suggested retail prices of these fans were $40.00 (DP-161) and $60.00 (DP-1601 and
DP-1602). Only brass and platinum plated 16" fans, model numbers DP-161, DP-1601 and
DP-1602, are involved in this product modification. No fans made after January 1991 are
To determine the model number and the date of manufacture, check the stamped
date-of-manufacture code on the product label on the bottom of the fan base. The first two
digits of the code represent the month. The next two digits represent the year.
Owners of affected fans who call Duracraft's toll-free number, 1-800-882-0064, will
receive free modification kits consisting of replacement fan clips and blades and
installation instructions. Notice of this modification program is being mailed to
Duracraft customers who have sent in warranty cards for these fans.
Owners of these fans should not use them until they have received their modification kits.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this modification 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
press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax
machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to firstname.lastname@example.org.