Commercials for Shark vacuum cleaners boast the devices’ plethora of uses: detaching the canister to clean at the top of bookshelves, easy swivel movements and powerful suction abilities. One thing the ads don’t discuss is the possibility that users could be shocked while using the device. For that reason, nearly 142,000 vacuums are being recalled.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday that it would recall four models of Shark upright vacuum cleaners which have an aluminum wand that can disconnect from the vacuum’s handle, posing a risk of electric shock.
According to the CPSC, the recall was initiated after the company received 62 reports of incidents in which the aluminum wand disconnected from the vacuum cleaner’s handle and remained energized. However, no injuries were reported.
The recall covers the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away upright vacuum cleaners with a clear plastic middle section that in maroon and purple. The words “Shark” and “Rotator” are printed on the front of the vacuum cleaners, which stand about 45 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
Consumers can identify the recalled products by a model number printed on a silver sticker on the upper right-hand corner on the back of the unit. Model numbers are NV650W, NV651, NV652 and NV660.
The vacuums were sold both directly from Euro-Pro and at retail outlets nationwide from August 2014 through March 2015.