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November 23, 1999

42 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


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