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Hewlett-Packard Recalls Fax Machines Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

February 2, 2012

The information below is a recall notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announcing a recall of certain HP Fax machines. Specific model numbers for the recalled product are listed on the CPSC website at the link below. Hewlett-Packard Co. has received reports of fire and burns hazards involving certain fax machines caused by overheating. HP is aware of seven reports of fax machines overheating and catching fire, resulting in property damage and injury to consumers. The recall relates to approximately 928,000 fax machines in the U.S. and 240,000 in Canada and Mexico. The fax machines can overheat due to an internal electrical component failure, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers and their property. This recall involves HP Fax 1040 and 1050 models that were sold from November 2004 through December 2011. Some of the recalled fax machines were replacement units for a previous recall involving HP Fax model 1010 in June 2008.

This recall presents a potential avenue of recovery about which subrogation professionals should be aware when evaluating fires in residential and commercial losses.