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CPSC and VSM Sewing Inc. Announce Recall of 55,000 Sewing Machines for Fire Hazard

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission and VSM Group AB of Husqvarna, Sweden, and its subsidiary VSM Sewing Inc. (Husqvarna Viking), of Westlake, Ohio, are recalling some 55,000 Husqvarna Viking Designer I Sewing and Embroidery Machines because electrical arcing can occur in the machine’s power supply, posing a risk of fire.Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.

The products were manufactured in Sweden and sold at independent sewing machine dealers nationwide from January 1999 through December 2004 for between $5,500 and $6,000.

The firm reports three incidents of these machines overheating and catching fire. One incident resulted in extensive smoke damage to a consumer’s home, and the other two incidents resulted in minor property damage.

The Husqvarna Viking Designer I sewing and embroidering machines have white plastic exterior and contain the words “Husqvarna Viking” and “Designer I.” The recall involves units with serial number, which are located on the bottom of the machine, in the following ranges:

Beginning with

Ending with

0

0 or 6

1

9

2

3

3

1

4

2

5

0, 1, 3, 4 or 9

6

1, 3 or 4

7

1, 2 or 4

8

2 or 4

9

1 or 5

Consumers should stop using these sewing machines, and return them to the dealer where purchased for a free repair.

For more information, consumers can contact Husqvarna Viking at (800) 446-2333 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go to the firm’s Web site at www.husqvarnaviking.com.

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