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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
April 28, 1992
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 involved.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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