Sears has recalled more than 42,500 Kenmore oscillating fan heaters after reports of them overheating and catching fire, resulting in injuries.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said a broken motor mount can cause the units to overheat, catch fire and ignite nearby items, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers.The heaters were sold at Sears and Kmart stores last fall. This recall involves Kenmore oscillating fan heaters with model number 127.90914310. The model number and Kenmore are printed on a silver sticker on the bottom of the unit.
Sears and Kmart have received seven reports of the heaters smoking or catching fire. There have been two injuries reported, with one report of smoke inhalation and one of a blistered finger.
The fan heaters were sold at U.S. Sears and Kmart stores from September to November 2013 for $35 to $40. They were made in China, the CPSC statement said.
The space heaters are gray and white, measure about 12 inches tall by 9 inches wide, have two dials at the top for temperature and fan speed and a red on-off button on the front base. Kenmore is printed on the front bottom of the fan heaters.
Officials advise consumers to immediately turn off and unplug the recalled fan heaters and return them to any Sears or Kmart store for a full refund.
Customers can call Sears and Kmart toll-free at (888) 820-3341 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday or visit www.sears.com and www.kmart.com click on Product Recall for more information.