Electrolux Home Care Products Canada Inc.

Electrolux Home Care Products Canada Inc.

March 26, 2009 15:29 ET

Cordless Stick Vacuums Being Recalled by Electrolux Home Care Products Canada Inc. Due to Bursting Batteries

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2009) - Electrolux Home Care Products Canada Inc. has announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should unplug and stop using recalled products immediately.

Name of Products: Ergorapido, Pronto, Precision, and Sanitaire by Precision Vacuums

Units Imported into Canada: Approximately 53,000, of which approximately 44,750 have been sold or are in retailers' inventory.

Manufacturer: Airtek Industry Corporation, China

Canadian Distributor: Electrolux Home Care Products Canada Inc.

Hazard: The vacuum's batteries can expand and burst, posing a risk of injury to the user and bystanders.

Incidents/Injuries: Electrolux has received five reports of incidents in Canada involving damage to the vacuum and surrounding property. Electrolux is aware of one Canadian incident that involved minor injuries including irritation to the eyes from contact with battery powder. In the United States there have been two reports of minor injuries, including swollen hands.

Description and Affected Models: This recall involves 2-in-1 cordless stick vacuums with a detachable hand vacuum and free-standing charger. Units involved in the recall have 9.6-volts printed on a serial plate on the underside of the handheld unit, serial numbers:

074000001 through 085100001 and 74000001 through 85100001, and the following model names and numbers:



Model name: Ergorapido
Model # EL 1002A; colour, White
Model # EL 1005A; colour, Diamond Sand
Model # EL 1007A; colour, Havana Brown

Model name: Pronto
Model # EL 1000A; colour, Cayenne Silk
Model # EL 1000AZ; colour, Cayenne Silk
Model # EL 1001A; colour, Blue
Model # EL 1000B; colour, Cayenne Silk

Model name: Precision by Electrolux
Model # PE 1000B; colour, Blue
Model # PE 1000BB; colour, Blue

Model name: Sanitaire by Precision
Model # SP 1000A; colour, Blue
Model # SP 1000AB; colour, Blue


Sold By: Major retailers including Canadian Tire, Costco, Hudson's Bay Company, Lowes, and Sears, and independent retailers.

When Sold: The affected models were sold in Canada from November 2007 to March 2009.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled vacuums and contact Electrolux for a free replacement of the handheld portion which contains the batteries. Consumers should confirm that they have one of the impacted units by checking the serial plate on the underside of the handheld unit and noting the voltage (which must be 9.6-volts), as well as matching both the serial and model numbers provided above.

Consumer Contact: Consumers should contact the company at 1-800-932-1778 between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET Monday-Friday to verify the product and arrange to receive a new handheld unit at no charge. Consumers can also visit the firm's Web site at www.stickvacrecall.ca.

About Electrolux: Electrolux is a global leader in household appliances and appliances for professional use, selling more than 40 million products to customers in more than 150 markets every year. The company focuses on innovations that are thoughtfully designed, based on extensive consumer insight, to meet the real needs of consumers and professionals. Electrolux products include refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners and cookers sold under esteemed brands such as Electrolux, AEG-Electrolux, Eureka and Frigidaire. In 2008 Electrolux had sales of USD 15.9 billion and 55,000 employees. For more information go to http://www.electrolux.com/press.



Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Tony Evans
    (614) 761-2633
    or
    Electrolux Recall Hotline:
    1-800-932-1778