Faxes, Printers Recalled For Fire, Burn Hazards

Faxes and printers have been recalled for fire and burn hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The recalled printers were all manufactured in China.

Hewlett-Packard HP Fax 1040 and 1050 Machines

About 928,000 HP Fax 1040 and 1050 machines have been recalled in the United States; another 240,000 have been recalled in Canada and Mexico. The HP Fax 1040 and 1050 machines were imported by Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, California, were sold at electronics, computer, and camera stores nationwide, and online at www.shopping.hp.com and other websites from November 2004 through December 2011 for between $90 and $120. Some recalled fax machines were replacement units for a prior recall conducted June 2008 that involved HP fax model 1010. Information on that recall can be accessed on the CPSC website.

The recalled HP Fax 1040 and 1050 fax machines can overheat due to an internal electrical component failure, which poses fire and burn hazards. Hewlett-Packard is aware of seven reports of fax machines overheating and catching fire, resulting in property damage, including one instance of significant property damage and one instance of a minor burn injury to a consumer’s finger. Six incidents were reported in the U.S. and one incident was reported in Canada.

This recall involves HP Fax 1040 and 1050 models. The HP logo and the model number are printed on the front of the fax machine, which is dark gray and measures about 11 inches high x 14 1/2 inches wide.

The firm advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled fax machines, disconnect them from the electrical outlet, and contact HP for a rebate on the purchase of an authorized replacement HP fax machine or a partial rebate of certain HP ink jet printers. HP can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.654.9296 between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Mountain Time (MT), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at http://www.hp.com/go/faxrecall/US-en.

Konica Minolta Printers
About 8,430 Konica Minolta Printers, which were imported by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc., of Ramsey, New Jersey and sold at various so-called “value-added” resellers, through direct retail sales, and at authorized Konica Minolta dealers from June 2010 through March 2011 for between $900 and $3,500, have been recalled. The printers can short circuit and overheat during use, posing a fire hazard. Konica is aware of two reports of the printers overheating; no injuries have been reported.

This recall involves four desktop models of laser color printers: Magicolor 4750DN, Magicolor 3730DN, Bizhub C35, and Bizhub C35P. Model numbers are located on the plate attached to the printer’s side and on the bottom of the front door. The printers are dark and light gray and bear the words “Konica Minolta” on the top of the front door.

The firm advises consumers who own Magicolor 3730DN and 4750DN printers to stop using the printers immediately and contact Konica Minolta to schedule a free replacement. Consumers who own Bizhub C35 and C35P printers will be visited by an authorized service agent for repair and replacement of the faulty component. Konica Minolta can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.825.5664 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us.

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