Maytag recalls Hoover vacuums for fire hazard

Maytag recalls Hoover vacuums for fire hazard
 
Date April 14, 2005
Section(s) Business
Brief  
 
By Daily News Staff

About 636,000 Hoover self-propelled upright vacuums have been recalled by Maytag and the U.S. Consumer Product Saftey Commission for a potential fire hazard.

Maytag and CPSC announced the voluntary recall today.

The recalled vacuums have defective on-off switches that can overheat the handle and toolholder areas of the product.

Maytag received 249 reports of the handle overheating, causing the handle area to smoke, melt or catch fire, according to a CPSC news release. One person reported a minor burn.

The following model numbers are included in the recall: U6423-900, U6425-900, U6425-950, U6445-900, U6445-960, U6449-900, U6450-900, U6451-900 and U6455-900.

Only Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners manufactured between May 1998 and November 1999 are included in this recall. The recalled products were sold from May 1998 through July 2000 at stores nationwide in the $259 to $279 price range.

The serial numbers for the recalled vacuums range from 0598xxxxxxxx to 1199xxxxxxxx, with the first four digits of the number referring to the month and year when the vacuum was manufactured. For example, 0598 is May 1998.

Customers should stop using the recalled products immediately and contact Maytag to obtain the name and address of the nearest Hoover repair-center to schedule a free repair.

Call Maytag at 1-800-250-6075 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. local time Monday through Friday or visit the company’s Web site at www.maytag.com or http://www.hoover.com for more information.

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