Bad news to those of us who have ever caught ourselves staring at a ceiling fan, contemplating with only a slight air of fear the odds of the blades snapping off, turning into a massive, wooden ninja star -- or spinning guillotine. It seems such a feat is entirely possible -- and at the center of a new recall. On Wednesday, Fort Lauderdale-based "home comfort" company, King of Fans was forced to recall more than 190,000 of their 54-inch Mara ceiling fans, after receiving 47 slightly terrifying consumer reports that the blades snapped off, including four counts of property damage, and two poor, unsuspecting souls alleging they were wacked by the rouge slabs, CBS News reported.
"If consumers observe blade movement or uneven gaps between the blades and fan body or movement of the clip during inspection, consumers should immediately contact King of Fans for a free replacement ceiling fan," reads the nightmare-inducing statement from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which also urges those who bought them to "immediately stop" using the unit.
"One of the two screws retaining the locking clip is not adequately secured to the flywheel," King of Fans explained on their site. "If this occurs, the blade may detach from the fan during use, posing an injury hazard."
Caused by "an isolated manufacturing defect with the assembly of the fan blade's locking clip to the fan flywheel," according to the company, the fans were sold exclusively at Home Depot, for approximately $150 between April and October. Talk about a bad quarantine purchase ... Anyways, after learning of the defect, the hardware store chose to voluntarily pull the product. "We're committed to the safety and quality of our products," a spokesperson told CNN of the decision.
Well, reader, it seems this whole ordeal is definitely uncool. I am definitely not a fan of this terrifying tale.