January 12, 1999Emerson Electric Co. Announces
Recall to Repair Ceiling Fans
St. Louis, MO (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Air Comfort Products Division of
Emerson Electric Co., of is recalling about 20,000 ceiling fan installation kits. Over
time, the bracket holding the fan can fail, causing the fan to fall or hang by its
electric wires. The fans can fall at anytime, possibly causing injuries to bystanders. In
addition, exposed wires could pose an electrical shock hazard.
Emerson Electric is aware of 12 reports of the brackets failing, causing the fans to fall.
A 13-year-old boy suffered a laceration on the nose from a falling ceiling fan.
These ceiling fan kits are model
CF10N1 made to use with Emerson fans. The kit is used when a fan is installed on a sloped
ceiling or in a "close to the ceiling" mode. The kit only poses a hazard when
installed in the "close to the ceiling" mode -- which allows the fan to be
mounted higher on low ceilings. The outside housing or canopy of the kit comes in two
pieces, and was sold in five colors -- brown, polished brass, antique brass, white and
Lighting showrooms, electrical distributors and hardware stores sold these ceiling fan
kits from December 1984 through December 1989 for about $20.
Consumers should immediately check to see if their Emerson ceiling fan's housing has a
two-piece canopy. Air Comfort will arrange to help consumers identify if their ceiling
fans are part of this recall and provide installation if needed. Consumers should
immediately stop using the ceiling fans installed with these kits and have them repaired.
To verify a fan is part of this recall, to receive a repair kit or for more information,
consumers should call Air Comfort at (877) FAN KITS between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday
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