November 23, 199942 Fires and 4 Injuries Prompt
Recall of Sunbeam, Hankscraft and SunMark Humidifiers
Boca Raton, FL (SafetyAlerts)
- Sunbeam Corp. is recalling about 560,000 Sunbeam,(r) Hankscraft(r) and SunMark(r)
humidifiers with water tanks that glow in the dark. These humidifiers can develop an
electrical short, presenting a fire hazard.
Sunbeam has received 87 complaints from consumers using these humidifiers, including 42
reports of fire. Three consumers suffered smoke inhalation and another suffered minor
burns to her hands.
These humidifiers were sold under the
brand names Sunbeam, Hankscraft and SunMark.
The Sunbeam brand has service numbers
644 through 646 written on the back of the humidifier's motor housing and were sold
with 1-gallon, 1.5-gallon and 2-gallon tank capacity.
The Hankscraft brand has service
numbers 1260 through 1262 written on the inside of the plastic housing of the motor
and were sold with 1.2-gallon, 1.7-gallon and 2.5-gallon tank capacity.
The SunMark brand has service number
1260 written on the inside of the plastic housing of the motor and were sold with
1.2-gallon tank capacity.
All the recalled humidifiers have
date codes stamped on the plugs beginning with I001 through J226. The humidifiers are
white with green, blue or rust colored covers.
Discount department and drug stores
sold these humidifiers nationwide from March 1995 through December 1997 for $8 to $15.
Only the humidifiers with the service
numbers and date codes listed are part of this recall. Also, if your humidifier has a
sticker on the motor's plastic housing showing a manufactured date of 1999 or later, it is
not part of the recall.
Consumers should immediately stop
using these humidifiers, and call Sunbeam for instructions on returning the products for a
free replacement. For more information or to get instructions on returning the
humidifiers, call Sunbeam at (800) 440-4668 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through
Friday and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET on Saturday. Consumers also can access the
company's web site at www.sunbeam.com.
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