Recall: Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners
On 2005-04-14, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in May 1998 for about $259.00 to $279.00.
About 600,000 units are involved in this Hoover vacuum cleaner recall. Instance(s) of severe injuries, fires have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 3rd recall of products in the Vacuum Cleaners/Sweepers category in 2005.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 3 million product units.
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What is the problem?
The recalled vacuums have defective on-off switches that can overheat the handle and toolholder areas of the vacuum, resulting in a fire hazard.
Instance(s) of severe injuries, fires have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners are plastic, upright vacuums with the brand name Hoover and words Self Propelled printed on the front of the product. The model and serial numbers are printed on a label on the back of the vacuum.
These items were sold new+ at Household appliance and floorcare retailers nationwide from May 1998 through July 2000 for between $259 and $279.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should stop using the recalled product immediately and contact Maytag to obtain the name and address of the nearest Hoover repair center to schedule a free repair. Consumers should not return their vacuum cleaners to retailers.
Call Maytag Corp. toll-free at (800)250-6075 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firms' Web sites at www.maytag.com or www.hoover.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Maytag has received 249 reports of vacuums overheating, which caused the handle area to smoke, melt or catch fire. One minor burn injury requiring no medical attention was 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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