This was posted on another board. It probably impacts a few people here.
Copied from allheadlinenews.com
Fan manufacturer Lasko Products Inc. has recalled 4.8 million box fans over a fire hazard, company officials announced Thursday.
No injuries from the affected fans have been reported, but company officials say they have received seven reports of fires caused by the failure of the fan motors of several models of Lasko and Galaxy box fans. An electrical failure in the fan motor causes the problem.
The fans sold for from $12 to $25 nationwide at major retail stores, home improvement centers, hardware stores and other retailers from July 2002 through December 2005, according to the company website.
Several models of Lasko and Galaxy box fans are involved. Consumers should look on the bottom of the metal frame of their fan to determine if their fan is among those recalled. On the Lasko brand fans look for model numbers 3720, 3723 or 3733. On the bottom of Galaxy brand fans with model number 4733, look for the date "2002-03" or "2003-04."
Lasko advises consumers to immediately stop using the fan and unplug it. Then, contact the company to receive a free fused plug safety adapter.
Contact Lasko by telephone at (877) 445-1314 or visit the company website at laskoproducts.com.
"Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care." ~Jimmy Buffett
Given how cheap they are, I replace all of mine annually. Too much risk of dust, dirt, and frayed wires to make it worthwhile to keep from year to year.
Me too. The recall I thought was several years ago. And I started buying the lasko fans that can withstand rain also. As for frayed wires, well, I have to keep all wires out of reach of my fan-eating horse. He got one fan at each of 3 barns, despite my warnings to the 2nd and 3rd barn about him. It's bad enough that he likes to press the fan to slow down the motor for fun.