Recalls this week: hand trucks, ceiling fans

AP News
Posted: Feb 27, 2015 3:10 PM
Recalls this week: hand trucks, ceiling fans

More than 250,000 hand trucks are being recalled this week because of a faulty wheel hub. Other consumer products being recalled this week include faulty ceiling fans and electric cooking ranges.

Here's a more detailed look:


DETAILS: Cosco Home & Office Products 3-in-1 convertible aluminum hand trucks with model numbers 12-301 ABL and 12-301 ABL1. They were manufactured from January 2009 to October 2011. The model number and manufacture date are on the Cosco label on the rear side of the bottom cross member. They were sold at Ace Hardware, Costco Wholesale Club, Lowe's, Price Mart and United Stationers and online at The Home from March 2009 to October 2011.

WHY: The wheel hub can separate or break and eject pieces while being inflated, posing a risk of injury to the consumer and bystanders.

INCIDENTS: 10 reports of wheel hubs separating or breaking and ejecting pieces including four reports of bruises and lacerations.

HOW MANY: About 273,000.

FOR MORE: Call Cosco Home & Office Products at 888-250-9299 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, send email to or visit and click on Safety Notice at the top of the page for more information.


DETAILS: Brewmaster belt-driven fans powered by a remote motor. A face plate on the lower part of the head assembly reads in part, "THE BREWMASTER by FANIMATION." Fans with the following model numbers on their packaging are included in the recall: FP10AB, FP10AC, FP10BL, FP10PW, FP20AB, FP20AC, FP20BL and FP20PW. They were sold at electrical distributors, fan specialty stores and lighting showrooms nationwide and online from June 2002 to December 2014.

WHY: The ceiling fan hub holding the blades can separate from the shaft when operating in reverse. If this happens, the fan blades and hub can fall and pose a risk of injury to bystanders.

INCIDENTS: Two reports of the ceiling fan hub failing, but no injuries reported.

HOW MANY: About 9,300.

FOR MORE: Call Fanimation Recall Hotline at 888-250-6458 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit and click on "Contact Us" for more information. Consumers also can send email to the firm at


DETAILS: Sears Kenmore 24-inch wide freestanding electric ranges with model number 790.90152 with serial numbers from NF408 through NF424 and model number 790.90153 with serial numbers from NF408 through NF427. The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom right frame of the range inside the storage drawer. They were sold at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide from April 2014 through October 2014.

WHY: The heating element can fail to properly adhere to the cooktop, posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 3,000.

FOR MORE: Call Sears at 888-281-3915 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday, or between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT Sunday or visit at and and click on Product Recall for more information.


DETAILS: Safe Step walk-in, hydro-massage bath tubs with heated seats. The recalled tubs have model numbers LP2848, LP2851, LP2853, LP3153 or LP3255 and serial numbers 124423 through 131569 containing the prefix HS, HSHY, HSHS, HSMB or MBHS. The model and serial numbers are located on the back of the small access panel on the faucet end of the tub. They were sold at CKH Industries, New Windsor, New York.; Galkos Construction, Huntington Beach, California Gulf Atlantic Home Solutions, Clermont, Florida; Home Smart Industries, Aston, Penn.; IPS, Hohenwald, Tennessee; New Bath, Jefferson, Louisiana; Remodel USA, Capitol Heights, Maryland; Safe Step of Minnesota, Burnsville, Minnesota; Safe Step of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada; Safe Step Tubs Northwest, Tukwila, Washington, and Safe Step Walk-In Tub Co., Nashville, Tennessee from January 2014 through September 2014.

WHY: The tub's heated seat can get stuck in the "on" position. If a towel or other item is covering the seat of an empty tub, the seat can overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS: 11 reports of the empty tub's heated seat getting stuck in the "on" position, including one report of the seat overheating and becoming hot to the touch. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 6,400.

FOR MORE: Call Oliver Fiberglass at 888-492-9423 any time, or visit at and click on the Recall link on the Safe Step home page for more information.