Ashland company recalls 1,300 fans

The Modern Fan Co. Inc., based in Ashland, is recalling about 1,300 of its fans because an internal problem can cause them to fall from the ceiling.

The company has received four reports of falling fans, but no reports of injuries.

"This is completely voluntary, and there's just a very low level of risk, but it's not worth having an incident occur," said Dave Ellis, a company representative.

The Pensi-model ceiling fans were manufactured in China and sold online, as well as by lighting showrooms, fan specialty stores and electrical distributors around the country between August 2008 and July 2009.

The company has begun contacting people who purchased the fans and offering them a free replacement part, Ellis said.

The recall will not affect The Modern Fan Company's financial situation, he said.

"In terms of our business, it's not going to impact us at all," he said.

The company has corrected the defect in current Pensi models and plans to continue to manufacture the fan, Ellis said.

An internal coupler, which connects the fan assembly to the motor, can break and cause the fan to fall from the ceiling, according to the company.

Ellis estimates that there are at most about three Pensi fans in the Rogue Valley.

Those who think they may have purchased one of the defective fans should stop using it immediately and "not allow anyone underneath the fan," according to the company.

If the fan falls, the circuit breaker should immediately be turned off because electrical wires may be exposed, according to the company.

For more information on the recall, call 482-8545 or log on to or

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or

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