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|Release # 94-022
Casablanca Fan Co. Recalls Ceiling Fans
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PRODUCT: Approximately 3,264,000 Casablanca brand
ceiling fans manufactured from 1981 through 1993.
PROBLEM: The fan may fall from its ceiling mounting.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the fan and not allow anyone underneath the fan.
Call (888) 227-2178 to receive a retrofit part to be installed by the consumer to prevent
the fan from falling. In the event that a fan falls, consumers should immediately turn off
the circuit breaker due to the possibility of exposed wires.
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Casablanca Fan
Company, City of Industry, CA are jointly announcing the voluntary recall of 3,264,000
Casablanca brand ceiling fans manufactured from 1981 through 1993. The fans can separate
from the canopy on which they are mounted to the ceiling. If a fan separates from its
canopy, it will fall and possibly injure a bystander. In addition, a fallen fan may leave
exposed wires in the ceiling possibly posing an electric shock hazard.
Casablanca Fan Company has received approximately 50 reports of fans falling from ceiling
mountings. One incident has been reported in which a consumer received an injury. CPSC
learned of this problem when Casablanca notified the Commission of its intention to
initiate a recall.
The affected fans have a ball and canopy mounting system and were manufactured and sold
nationwide from January 1981 through September 1993. The retail prices for the fans vary
by model and time period sold. The prices generally range from $200 to $2,500. A ceiling
fan owner can identify the recalled fan by looking at the metal nameplate located on the
exterior of every Casablanca fan. A fan subject to the recall will say
"Casablanca" on the nameplate. In addition, the ball and canopy mount is visible
from the bottom of the fan. Also, the second letter of the serial number on the nameplate
will be A, B, C, O, P, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, or Y.
This recall does not cover Pasadena brand fans.
Casablanca has designed a retrofit part to be installed by the consumer to prevent the fan
from falling from its mounting. Step by step instructions will be provided with the part.
In addition, the consumer may contact Casablanca's 24 hotline to obtain a retrofit kit
free of charge and for assistance related to installation at (888) 227-2178.
Consumers who are unable to install the part may contact Casablanca to request assistance
in arranging for free installation of the retrofit part on fans manufactured during or
after March 1991. Casablanca fans manufactured before March 1991 were sold by another
company. Owners of these fans who require installation assistance should contact
Casablanca's toll free hotline to discuss whether free installation is available.
Casablanca will decide on a case by case basis. However, the retrofit part and easy to
follow step by step instructions will be provided free of charge to all Casablanca fan
A consumer who owns an affected fan should not use it until the retrofit part is
installed. In the meantime, consumers should not allow anyone underneath the fan. In the
event that fan falls, consumers should immediately turn off the fan's circuit in the
circuit box due to the likely possibility of exposed wires.
CPSC is announcing this recall as a part of its mission to protect the public from
unreasonable risks of injury and death to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and
21,700 deaths associated each year with 15,000 different types of consumer products under
EDITOR'S NOTE: Media inquires should be made to Casablanca at (818) 855-7571.
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
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