Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pensi Ceiling Fans Recalled by The Modern Fan Co. Due to Fall and Injury Hazard

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207


August 20, 2009
Release # 09-317 Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 588-3267
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Pensi Ceiling Fans Recalled by The Modern Fan Co. Due to Fall and Injury Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Pensi Fans

Units: About 1,300

Manufacturer: The Modern Fan Co. Inc., of Ashland, Oregon

Hazard: The internal coupler that connects the down rod assembly to the motor can break and cause the fan to fall from the ceiling, posing an injury hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm received four reports of incidents where the fan fell from the ceiling while operating. No injuries were reported.

Description: The recalled Pensi fans have model numbers beginning with or containing “PEN-AA-“ or “PEN-GW-” and have an Aluminum/Anthracite or a Gloss White finish.

Sold at: Internet retailers, lighting showrooms, fan specialty stores and electrical distributors nationwide from August 2008 through July 2009 for between $400 and $530.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off the power to the fan to stop use and contact The Modern Fan Co. for assistance with model identification and a replacement coupler. Consumers are also advised to not allow anyone underneath the fan. In the event that a fan falls, consumers should immediately turn off the circuit breaker due to the possibility of exposed electrical wires.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact The Modern Fan Co. toll-free at (888) 588-3267 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Consumers can also visit the company's Web site at

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting


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Alan L. Morton
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