Canister vacuums recalled due to fire and shock hazards

Hoover Inc. of Glenwillow, OH has recalled about 142,000 of its Hoover-brand WindTunnel Canister Vacuums manufactured in China.

According to the company, the power cord between the power nozzle and the wand connector can short-circuit, posing a shock and fire hazard to consumers.  The short-circuit condition can reportedly occur even when the vacuum has been turned off but left plugged in.

There have been a total of 69 reports of overheating or electrical malfunction, including one report of fire and smoke damage.  There has also been one report of a minor injury associated with the recalled vacuums.

The WindTunnel Canister Vacuums were sold through mass merchandisers, department stores and independent vacuum retailers nationwide, as well as online, from March 2003 through December 2008 for between $250 and $280.

Read more about the Hoover WindTunnel Canister vacuum recall.