Dyson recalls one million fan heaters over fire risk
Dyson is to recall 1 million fan heaters over a fire risk, the company has announced.
The recall, affecting all of the AM04 heater models sold since they were introduced in 2011, comes after four burnt out.
The standard fans, which contain no heating component, are not affected, and Dyson stressed that all the fires so far had been restricted entirely to internal burn-outs.
Acknowledging a blow to the British company known for technological innovation, Dyson chief executive Max Conze said on Monday: "We have sold a million heaters around the world; we have seen a small number short-circuit, which in four cases resulted in contained burning. Although there have been no instances of personal injury or damage to property, it's four too many. So we are working with the relevant regulatory bodies and preparing for a voluntary recall."
The company launched its 'Air Multiplier' fans, which do not have the blades visible in conventional devices, in 2009.
A heater version of the fan followed in 2011, and is now subject to the recall as detailed at www.dysonrecall.com.
Dyson was founded by James Dyson, who developed a vacuum cleaner based on cyclone technology that did away with the bags that collected dirt in conventional machines.
The company, based in Malmesbury, southern England, holds over 3,000 patents for over 500 inventions, and it devices are sold in more 65 countries.