At the request of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Westinghouse Lighting Corporation, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has announced a voluntary recall for approximately 7,000 of its ceiling fans due to a packaging error. The ceiling fans affected by this recall were mistakenly packaged with two 60-watt light bulbs. These bulbs exceed the ceiling fans’ maximum allowable wattage, so using the bulbs with the ceiling fan could result in product malfunction or electrical shock. This recall affects ceiling fans with 24, 30, and 42 inch diameter blades. The canopies of these fans are imprinted with the Westinghouse brand name, and the model number is printed on the fans’ motor casings. The following model numbers are affected: 72243 and 78631 24 inch blade ceiling fans, 72245 and 78763 30 inch blade ceiling fans, and 78764 42 inch blade ceiling fans. The fans affected by this recall were manufactured in China to be sold from January 2011 to January 2012 at various hardware and retail stores, as well as online for a price of $135 to $150. Owners of affected ceiling fans should discontinue their use until the 60-watt bulbs can be replaced by 40 watt bulbs, which will be provided by the manufacturer at no cost to the consumer.
As a personal injury attorney in San Diego, I hope this recall is successfully carried out before anyone is harmed by this potential safety issue. If you or someone you love has been negatively affected by a defective or improperly packaged product please consider contacting a San Jose personal injury attorney.