Recall: Filtrete Room Air Purifiers
On 2013-03-26, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Filtrete Room Air Purifiers due to a potential fire hazard. This product sold new beginning in November 2008 for about $60.
About 10,000 units are involved in this 3M Company air purifier recall. Instance(s) of fires have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Air Cleaners/Purifiers category in 2013.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (800) 388-3458
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What is the problem?
The ion generator in the air purifiers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Instance(s) of fires have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves 3M air purifiers branded Filtrete. The air purifiers are white, made of plastic and plug into the wall. They measure about 19 inches tall by 8 inches wide with a 13 inch tall by 4.5 inch wide air filter. They have a two-speed fan knob with Filtrete embossed on the top. The two recalled models are Ultra Quiet, number FAP00-RS, and Maximum Allergen, number FAP00-L, which was sold only at Lowe's stores. The products serial numbers begin with E, F, G, H, I or J and the model and serial numbers are located on the bottom of the product.
These items were sold new+ at Ultra Quiet at Ace Hardware, Bi-Mart, Do It Best, Fred Meyer, Handy Hardware Wholesale, Nuthouse, Orchard Supply, Orgill Bros., Petco, Rite Aid, Strosniders, Theisen Farm & Home, True Value Hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com and others. Maximum Allergen sold only at Lowe's stores. The FAP00-RS model was sold from November 2008 through January 2013, and the FAP00-L model was sold from October 2012 through January 2013, both for about $60.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately unplug the recalled air purifier and contact 3M to obtain a prepaid shipping box to return the product for a free replacement.
3M Company; at (800)388-3458 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.filtrete.com/roomairpurifiers and click on the link FAP00-RS recall for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
3M has received two incident reports: one of an air purifier overheating and another of an internal room air purifier filter catching fire. No injuries or property damage reported.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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