July 20, 1999

Emerson Electric Co., Announces Recall of Ceiling Fans

Air Comfort Products Division of Emerson Electric Co., of St. Louis, Mo., is reminding consumers of the recall of about 20,000 ceiling fan installation kits, originally announced on January 12, 1999. These ceiling fan kits are model number CF10N1 made to be used with Emerson fans. The kit is used when a fan is installed on a sloped ceiling or in a "close to the ceiling" mode. The kit only poses a hazard when installed in the "close to the ceiling" mode - which allows the fan to be mounted higher on low ceilings. Over time, the bracket holding the fan can fail, causing the fan to fall or hang by its electric wires. The fans can fall at any time, possibly causing injuries to bystanders. In addition, exposed wires could pose an electric shock hazard. The outside housing or canopy of the kit comes in two pieces, and was sold in five colors - brown, polished brass, antique brass, white and antique white. Lighting showrooms, electrical distributors and hardware stores nationwide sold these kits from December 1984 through December 1989 for about $20.

Emerson Electric is aware of 15 reports of the brackets failing, causing the fans to fall. A 13-year-old boy suffered a laceration on the nose from a falling ceiling fan.

Consumers should immediately stop using the ceiling fans installed with these kits and have them repaired. To verify a fan is part of this recall, to receive a repair kit or for more information, consumers should call Air Comfort at (877) FAN KITS between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, or go to their web site.