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HP Recalls Chinese-Made Fax Machines Due to Fire Hazard

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced a voluntary recall of HP fax 1040 and 1050 machines manufactured by Hewlett-Packard (HP) of Palo Alto, California, from November 2004 until December 2011, due to a fire and burn hazard. More than 1,000,000 machines total are being recalled from the U.S. (928,000), Mexico and Canada (240,000).

The HP 1040 and 1050 fax machines, which can overheat due to an internal electrical component failure, were manufactured in China and imported to the U.S. by HP. The fax machines sold for approximately $90 to $120 each, at electronics, computer and camera stores, and online by www.shopping.hp.com and other websites. According to the CPSC, “Some of the recalled fax machines were replacement units for a previous recall involving HP fax model 1010 in June 2008.”

The CPSC is aware of seven reports of the fax machines overheating and catching fire, resulting in property damage, including one instance of significant property damage. In addition, a report of a minor burn injury to a consumer's finger was also received.

For safety’s sake, consumers should stop using these fax machines immediately and disconnect them from the electrical outlet. Consumers may contact HP for a rebate on the purchase of an authorized replacement HP fax machine or a partial rebate of certain HP ink jet printers. Consumers are reminded that it is illegal to re-sell or attempt to re-sell any item or product recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Consumers may contact Hewlett-Packard for more information on this fax recall by calling toll-free 1 (888) 654-9296 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at http://www.hp.com/go/faxrecall/US-en

To view photos of the HP 1040 and 1050 fax machines, please visit the CPSC website at

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12101.html