Suspect electrical fans taken off store shelves
RHONDA LAM WAN
Electrical fans of the brand believed to have caused the fire were removed from shelves yesterday.
Chain store Watson's withdrew Pierre Cardin fans with the model number AT-28T pending test results from the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department.
The fan involved in the fire was an HST-1, which is no longer sold in Hong Kong.
Watson's has sold about 2,800 of the $199 AT-28T fans since April.
Mannings, which sold 3,000 Pierre Cardin fans last year, said it had no plan to recall them. 'No faults have been found with the products so far,' a spokesman said.
Government inspectors have taken two fans for safety tests.
Tests conducted by the Polytechnic University's electrical and mechanical engineering department showed one fan did not have an earth line.
The supplier said it was waiting for government reports.
The Consumer Council warned people not to operate electrical fans overnight, saying tests had shown that more than 70 per cent of them were sub-standard.