October 7, 1997
Release # 98-003
|CPSC: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188
CPSC and Retailers Announce Recall of Envirotech Electric
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and 10 retailers are recalling about 780,000
plastic oscillating electric fans imported by Envirotech Electric Inc. of Cerritos, Calif.
The fans' plastic enclosures are extremely flammable and the power cords can come apart
and expose live electrical parts, presenting fire and shock hazards to consumers. In
addition, these fans carry counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories (UL) marks and do not
comply with UL's safety requirements.
CPSC is not aware of any injuries involving these fans. This recall is being issued to
prevent the possibility of injury.
The 3-speed oscillating fans subject to this recall come in either the floor stand or desk
top models, which are 8, 9, 12, 16 or 18 inches high. The word "Envirotech" is
printed on the fan along with one of the following model numbers: FB-102H, FBD-208,
FBD-612, FC-071A, FC-0171A, FC-1071A, FCP-167J, FD-125J, FD-12SD, FD-164J, FD-122L, FS-
124J, FS-161J, FS-164J or FS-181J. The model number is on a silver label on the bottom of
the fan's base.
The fans are packaged in multi-colored cardboard boxes that read in part,
"Envirotech...Made in China."
The fans have been sold nationwide from January 1997 through June 1997 for between $15 and
$35, depending on the model, through the following retail stores: Hechinger's, All
American Home Centers, Home Base, BJ's Wholesale Club, Ace Hardware, Marc's, Menard's,
Rose's Stores and Supply One.
Consumers should stop using these fans immediately and return them to the store where
purchased for a refund. Consumers should call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 if they
have questions about this recall.
U.S. Customs alerted CPSC to this hazard.
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,
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