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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
June 3, 1994
Release # 94-085a

Hunter Fan Co. Recalls Wireless Remote

PRODUCT: 6,865 Hunter Fan Company remote controls, model 22788. The remote control was a separately sold accessory that was installed by consumers in the upper canopy of various Hunter ceiling fans. It consisted of a receiver and a three button fan/light remote control device. The recalled units sold for $45 nationwide at home improvement centers from November 16, 1993 through March 30, 1994. The units can be identified by the model and serial number that are located on a name plate on top of the unit's receiver. The serial numbers for the affected units run sequentially from #029936 to #051679.

PROBLEM: The receiver's exterior antenna, which is mounted in the ceiling fixture may present a shock hazard. Although the antenna is insulated, consumers may receive a shock if they touch the bare end of the antenna.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers who own one of these remotes should contact Hunter at (901) 745-9318 for instructions on how to disconnect the fan and how to return the antenna to Hunter. Consumers will be mailed a new remote control free of charge.

Washington, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Hunter Fan Company of Memphis, TN, is voluntarily recalling 6,865 remote controls, model number 22788 for their ceiling fans. Due to a production error, the remote's exterior antenna may present a shock hazard to consumers. Although the antenna is insulated, consumers may receive a shock if they touch the antenna's exposed end. The remote control was a separately sold accessory that had a receiver installed by consumers in the upper canopy of the ceiling fixture of various Hunter ceiling fans. Recalled units sold for $45 nationwide in home improvement centers from November 16, 1993 through March 30, 1994. The remotes can be identified by the model and serial numbers that are located on a name plate on top of the unit's receiver. The serial numbers for these units run sequentially from 029936 to 051679.

Consumers who own one of these remotes should contact Hunter at (901) 745-9318 for instructions on how to disconnect the fan and return the antenna to Hunter. Consumers will be mailed a new remote control free of charge.

CPSC learned of this problem when Hunter Fan Company reported that it had received one complaint from a consumer who had detected that the antenna was energized. No injury was reported.

CPSC's mission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. Its objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with about 15,000 different consumer products under CPSC 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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