The 3M Company of St. Paul, MN has announced the recall of about 10,000 of its Filtrete-brand room air purifiers manufactured in Taiwan.
According to the company, the ion generator in the air purifier unit can overheat, posing a burn and fire hazard to consumers. 3M says that it has received two separate reports in connection with the recalled air purifiers, one in which the unit overheated and another in which the unit caught fire. However, there have been no reports of injuries.
The Filtrete air purifiers were sold at hardware stores and home goods centers nationwide, including Ace Hardware stores True Value Hardware stores, and Lowes, as well as online through Amazon.com. Purifier models affected by this recall were sold between November 2008 and January 2013 for about $60.