More than 190,000 ceiling fans have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada after it was discovered that their blades may detach while in use. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed that 47 incidents of the blades detaching were reported.
These incidents led to two people being struck and four accounts of property being damaged. It remains unclear whether the people being struck suffered injuries but we can imagine that they were at the very least slightly hurt.
The ceiling fans called the Hampton Bay 54-inch Mara Indoor/Outdoor fans are being sold by Home Depot. 182,000 of the fans were sold in the U.S. from April through October 2020 while 8,800 were sold in Canada.
A free replacement
The CPSC is asking consumers to inspect the ceiling fans and report any malfunctions they notice. The organization added that if consumers observe "blade movement or uneven gaps between the blades and fan body or movement of the clip during the inspection," to get in touch with the distributor King of Fans for a free replacement.
The CPSC also provides the contact information of King of Fans. The fans come in matte white, matte black, black, and polished nickel finishes and also feature a changing integrated LED light and remote control.
Although we have covered many vehicle recalls, it is a lot rarer to have such an incident occur with household items. The current product does seem to have a very dangerous malfunction and we are surprised that not more incidents were reported.
However, it does seem that the company is handling the issue very well by recalling the fans and offering free replacements. We hope the replacement fans will function properly, putting an end to this problem once and for all.