HP has recalled more than a million fax machines worldwide due an internal electrical component failure that can cause them to overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.
So far the company is aware of seven reports of the machines overheating and catching fire, in one instance causing a minor burn injury to a person’s finger.
928,000 machines in the US as well as 240,000 in Canada and Mexico were recalled. The affected products are the HP fax 1040 and 1050 models. They are dark gray with the HP logo and model number printed on the front.
The fax machines, which were manufactured in China, 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.
Consumers who have one of the recalled products are advised to stop using them immediately, 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.
For more information, contact HP toll-free at (888) 654-9296 or visit their website at http://www.hp.com/go/faxrecall/US-en