Mike Snider, USA TODAY-Mon, December 28, 2020, 4:07 PM EST
The maker of Hampton Bay ceiling fans has recalled about 182,000 fans sold at Home Depot because the blades can detach while in use.
King of Fans, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, which issued the voluntary recall, said among the 47 reports it had received about blades detaching from the fan, there were two in which a consumer was hit by a blade and four in which the blade caused property damage, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Hampton Bay 54-inch Mara Indoor/Outdoor ceiling fans were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide and online from April through October for about $150.
Customers purchased about 80,000 fans at Home Depot, spokesperson Christina Cornell said. The recall includes all units available for sale online and in stores, she said
“We’re committed to the safety and quality of our products so we contacted the Consumer Product Safety Commission and voluntarily recalled the product and stopped sales when we discovered the issue,” Cornell said.
An additional 8,800 ceiling fans were sold in Canada, according to the recall.
King of Fans said in its recall notice the blades may detach due to an isolated manufacturing defect with the assembly of the fan blade’s locking clip to the fan flywheel where one of the two screws retaining the locking clip is not adequately secured to the flywheel.
Consumers should immediately stop using the ceiling fans and inspect them using instructions found on the King of Fans website. If consumers observe any blade movement or uneven gaps between the blades and fan body or movement of the clip during inspection, they should immediately contact the company for a free replacement ceiling fan.
The UPC numbers for the fans – sold in matte white, matte black, black, and polished nickel finishes – had the respective numbers: 082392519186, 082392519193, 082392599195 and 082392599188.