In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Euro-Pro has recalled four models of its Shark brand Rotator Powered Lift-Away series upright vacuum cleaners.
According to the CPSC, each of the vacuums’ aluminum wands can disconnect from the handle and remain energized with electricity, posing a risk of electric shock. The four model numbers involved in this recall are: NV650W, NV651, NV652 and NV660.
To date, no injuries have been reported, however, the CPSC has received 62 reports of incidents in which the aluminum wand disconnected from the vacuum cleaner’s handle.
All of the vacuums have a clear plastic middle section and measure about 45-x 12-inches. Models NV650W and NV652 are maroon. Model NV650W is sold directly to consumers by Euro-Pro and model NV652 is sold at retail stores. Models NV651 and NV660 are purple and are sold at retail stores.
Consumers can find the model number printed on a silver sticker on the upper right-hand corner of the back of each vacuum. Shark and Rotator are printed on the front of the vacuum cleaners. The date code is printed on the metal prong of the power plug and shows the week and year of manufacture. The recalled units have date codes beginning with the number 48 or lower and ending with 14.
The CPSC also reported that vacuum cleaners marked with a dimple or green circle sticker on the outside of the plastic cuff that holds the aluminum wand have been inspected by the firm and are not included in this recall.
According to the CPSC, about 142,000 of the recalled models were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Target and other stores nationwide, on Shark’s website, and through television infomercials. The recalled vacuums were sold from August 2014 to March 2015 and retailed between $250 and $350 each.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vacuum cleaners and contact Euro-Pro to receive a free replacement wand.