Sears, Kmart Recall Kenmore Fan Heaters Because They Are Not Supposed To Catch Fire

The model number of the fan can be found on a silver sticker on the bottom.

The model number of the fan can be found on a silver sticker on the bottom.

While flames have long kept humans warm during cold weather, fire is not the intended output of a Kenmore heat fan. That’s why Sears and Kmart have recalled 43,000 of the fans and will be issuing refunds to customers who bought them.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the specific Kenmore oscillating heat fans being recalled have the model number 127.90914310. As you can see in the above image, the model number is printed on a silver sticker on the bottom of the unit.

The fan heaters are gray and white, measure about 12 inches tall by 9 inches wide, have two dials at the top for temperature and fan speed and a red on-off button on the front base. Kenmore is printed on the front bottom of the fan heaters. They were sold at both Sears and Kmart stores around the country between September and November of 2013.

The source of the problem is that broken motor mounts can cause the fans to overheat, catch fire and possibly ignite nearby items. The retailers say they know of seven incidents in which the the fan began to smoke or caught fire, including two reports of injuries.

Anyone who has one of the recalled fans is advised to stop using it immediately and return it to any Sears or Kmart for a full refund.

Consumers with questions can call (888) 820-3341 between 7 a.m.-9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. CT on Saturdays.