WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Around 4.8 million Lasko Products Inc.-manufactured box fans have been voluntarily recalled due to a fire risk, the government said on Thursday.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement that an electrical failure in the motor of Lasko and Galaxy fans poses a fire hazard to consumers.
Lasko has received seven reports of fire, three of which resulted in extensive property damage, the CPSC said.
The recall includes Lasko box fans with model numbers 3720, 3723, and 3733 and Galaxy box fans with model number 4733 that have dates 2002-03 or 2003-04.
Fans were sold at mass merchandisers nationwide from July 2002 through December 2005.
Consumers should stop using the fans immediately and contact Lasko to receive a free fused plug safety adapter.
(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Jerry Norton)