Westinghouse Lighting Corporation of Philadelphia has issued a voluntary recall of approximately 7,000 ceiling fans due to a shock and fire hazard. The two 60-watt light bulbs contained in the fan’s packaging exceed the fan’s lighting fixture’s maximum allowable wattage. Using the bulbs in the ceiling fan can cause it to malfunction putting users at risk of shock or fire.
The affected models are Westinghouse Lighting Ceiling Fans with 42, 30, or 24 inch blades. The fans’ ceiling canopies are imprinted with the Westinghouse brand name. The item numbers of the recalled fans are as follows: 72243, 78631, 72245, 78763, and 78764. The item number can be found on the ceiling fan’s motor housing.
The affected fan models were sold on amazon.com and at retail stores across the U.S. between January 2011 and January 2012 for $135 to $150. Owners of the recalled fans should immediately stop using them and call Westinghouse or visit the company’s website to get two replacement light bulbs of a lesser wattage. Attempting to resell a previously recalled product is against the law.
As an experienced Ventura personal injury lawyer I am hopeful that news of this recall reaches all the consumers affected before anyone is injured or any property is damaged, but this isn’t always the case. If you or someone you know has been harmed by a defective product, please consider discussing your situation with a licensed Fresno personal injury attorney.