Two local drug store chains and a New Jersey company are recalling thousands of oscillating fans that may be a fire hazard if they overheat, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Dart Drug Stores Inc. is recalling 3,000 Model CYHD-103 Snow brand nine-inch oscillating fans, and Peoples Drug Stores Inc. is recalling certain Model CYHD-103 "APL," "Snow" and "King" brand nine-inch fans.
All of the fans being recalled with the purchase price fully refunded were imported in 1982 and 1983 from Chin Yung Ho Enterprises Co. Ltd. in Taiwan. The Dart Drug fans, which are no longer distributed by the company, sold for $15.99 in Dart Drug and Total Plus stores. The Peoples fans sold for about $20 to $25.
Although no incidents of injury have been reported, four fan-related fires occurred since 1982 in Virginia. The CPSC said some of the fans may have a defective two-speed control switch that could cause the motor to overheat and ignite plastic parts of the fan.
Some "Snow" and "APL" fans were recalled by Peoples in 1982, but the CPSC said that more than 6,000 of the oscillating fans sold by Peoples and its subsidiaries, Lane, Haag and Reed, in 14 states may still be in the hands of consumers.
Another company, Collins Co. Ltd. of Secaucus, N.J., is recalling 26,000 of the Snow brand fans sold in about 20 Southern and Midwestern states by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Seven fires involving Snow fans sold by Collins have been reported since last year.
Consumers can determine if they own the recalled Snow fan by checking for the "Snow" brand name or label in the center of the metal grill on the front of the fan, and for a two-speed control switch, which moves vertically, at the base of the fan. The plate at the bottom of the fan may be labeled in part as "Model CYHD-103 . . . Chin Yung Ho Enterprises Co. Ltd., Taichung, Taiwan. The fan is listed by Underwriters Laboratories.
The recalled King fans have a label on the fan bottom with the model number CYHD-103 and the name Chin Yung Ho Enterprises Co. Ltd.