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SELF-PROPELLED VACUUM CLEANERS

Name of product: Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners.

Units: About 636,000.

Manufacturer: Hoover Co. of North Canton, Ohio. (Hoover Co. is part of the Maytag Corp.)

Hazard: The recalled vacuums have defective on-off switches that can overheat the handle and toolholder areas of the vacuum, resulting in a fire hazard.

Incidents/injuries: Maytag has received 249 reports of vacuums overheating, which caused the handle area to smoke, melt or catch fire. One minor burn injury requiring no medical attention was reported.

Description: Hoover Self-Propelled Upright Vacuum Cleaners are plastic, upright vacuums with the brand name Hoover and words Self Propelled printed on the front of the product.

The following model numbers are included in the recall: U6423-900 U6425-900 U6425-950 U6445-900 U6445-960 U6449-900 U6450-900 U6451-900 U6455-900.

Sold at: Household appliance and floorcare retailers nationwide from May 1998 through July 2000 for between $259 and $279.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled product immediately and contact Maytag to obtain the name and address of the nearest Hoover repair center to schedule a free repair. Consumers should not return their vacuum cleaners to retailers.

Consumer contact: (800) 250-6075 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.maytag.com or www.hoover.com.