NEW YORK (CNN/Money) -
Maytag Corp. has recalled 636,000 Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuums due to a defective on-off switch, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.
The CPSC said Maytag (Research) has received 249 reports of vacuums overheating -- which caused the handle area to smoke, melt or catch fire -- due to the switch problem. One minor burn injury requiring no medical attention was reported.
"This is the first time a Hoover product has been recalled," Karen Lynn, a spokeswoman for Maytag told CNN/Money, who added that the company expects the cost of the recall will be immaterial.
Consumers can contact Maytag to obtain the name and address of the nearest Hoover repair center to schedule a free repair.
"The repair involves installing a switch and should take less than an hour," Lynn said.
The model numbers included in the recall are U6423-900, U6425-900, U6425-950, U6445-900, U6445-960, U6449-900, U6450-900, U6451-900 and U6455-900.
Only those Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners manufactured between May 1998 and November 1999 are included in the recall. The recalled models include serial numbers 0598xxxxxxxx through 1199xxxxxxxx, with the first four digits of the serial number indicating the month and year of production (e.g., 0598xxxxxxxx is May 1998).
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