Recall: Kenmore Canister Vacuum Cleaners Recalled by Sears

June 23, 1987  
Release # 87-036


WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Whirlpool Corporation of Benton Harbor, Michigan today announced the recall of Sears Kenmore canister vacuum cleaner models 116.2643581, 116.2643583 and 116.2645082 sold between November 1, 1986 and May 1, 1987.

The company is recalling the vacuum cleaners to check the canister wiring. If installed improperly, the wiring could create an electrical short, causing the vacuum cleaner hose to catch on fire. There is also a potential for electrical shock. Whirlpool Corporation is aware of seven reported incidents involving overheating, with one of these incidents involving a minor burn.

Between November 1, 1986 and May 1, 1987 approximately 33,000 of these canister vacuum cleaners were sold nationwide through Sears, Roebuck and Co. stores and catalogs. Various models sold for between $260 and $420, and carry the Kenmore brand name.

Customers who purchased a Kenmore canister vacuum cleaner between November 1, 1986 and May 1, 1987 can check the model number of the vacuum they purchased by looking at the serial plate on the bottom of the canister. IF IT IS MODEL 116.2643581, 116.2643583, OR 116.2645082, THEY SHOULD DISCONTINUE USE IMMEDIATELY. Under no circumstances should these vacuum cleaners be used until they have been checked by a Sears service technician.

Sears will inspect the vacuum cleaners and make any repairs that may be required free of charge to customers. Customers with canister vacuum cleaners involved in the recall should take their cleaner to the nearest Sears Service Center or the Customer Service Counter of their nearest Sears store.

Additional information on the recall of these Kenmore canister vacuum cleaners is available by calling 800-654-1820 toll-free. Customers are advised to have the model number from the bottom of the canister ready when they call. To report an unsafe consumer product or for safety information, contact the CPSC at 800-638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the hearing impaired is (301) 595-7054.