Nearly 200,000 ceiling fans from Home Depot were recalled after people reported they were injured by the fan blades that broke off and fell when the fans were in use. According to an alert posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), King of Fans has recalled 200,000 Hampton Bay 54″ Mara Indoor and Outdoor Ceiling Fans that were sold exclusively at Home Depot stores.
Details of the Recall
This recall was issued after 47 reports of the fan blades detaching from the fan when it was on, posing an injury hazard to consumers. Two people reported being injured by flying fan blades. There were also four reports of the fan blades causing property damage. King of Fans blamed the problem on “an isolated manufacturing defect with the assembly of the fan blade’s clip to the fan flywheel, where one of the two screws retaining the locking clip is not adequately secured to the flywheel.
The fans were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide and online at homedepot.com from April 2020 through October 2020 for about $150. Not all the recalled fans are believed to be have been affected by the problem. To check if your ceiling fans are affected, visit an instructional video posted by the company at kingoffans.com/MaraRecall.htm.
Product Liability Issues
These are the types of defective products that have the potential to cause significant injuries. When the blades of a fan drop on whoever is below, there is the potential for head injuries, lacerations and other types of harm that could be potentially serious. If you have these products at home, be sure to stop using them right away. It is best not to use them until they have been repaired.
Product manufacturers have a responsibility to make and sell items that are safe for consumers. When products are determined to be unsafe or dangerous, manufacturers have a responsibility to issue a timely recall and repair the recalled items at no cost to consumers.
If you have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced product defect attorney will be able to help you better understand your legal rights and options and assist you with receiving maximum compensation for your losses.