WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Compact hair dryer
Units: About 291,000
Importer: Conair Corp., East Windsor, N.J.
Hazard: The spinning fan within the hair dryer can break apart, striking the hair dryer’s plastic shell. This causes the plastic to shatter, creating a laceration hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Conair has received 16 reports of the fan breaking causing the plastic shell to shatter. The company has also received reports of the hair dryers sparking and smoking. One person sought medical attention for a laceration to the hand, seven people reported minor cuts.
Description: This recall involves the BabylissPro 052 Series Professional Compact Hair Dryer. The hair dryer is sold under the brand names Babyliss® Pro Mighty Mini, Babyliss® Pro Nano Titanium(TM), Babyliss® Pro Porcelain Ceramic, BabylissPro TT® Tourmaline and BabylissPro TT® Tourmaline Titanium.
The model name is on the hair dryer’s plastic shell. Also, “1000W” and the model number are on the dryer handle.
The following models are included in this recall:
Description Colors Model Numbers:
Babyliss® Pro Mighty Mini blue, pink, white BABMMB052TBABMMP052T
BABMMW052TBabyliss® Pro Nano Titanium (TM) blue BABNT052
BABNT052TBabyliss® Pro Porcelain Ceramic pink, blue, black BABP052BK
BabylissPro TT® Tourmaline grey, red BABTM052BABTM052R
BABTM052TBabylissPro TT® Tourmaline Titanium red BABTT052
Sold at: Professional salons and various other online retailers from January 2006 to April 2010 for between $20 and $30.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the hair dryer and contact Conair to receive a free replacement hair dryer.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Conair at 800-687-6916 between 8:30 a.m and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.babylissus.com/recall052
More About Conair: Conair Corporation is a US-based multinational corporation which sells small appliances, personal care products, and health and beauty products for both professionals and consumers. It was founded in 1959 and has since expanded to include ten product divisions.
Leandro P. Rizzuto "founded Conair in 1959 in his parents' garage in Queens". Conair began by selling hair rollers and then hair dryers. Conair became a public company in 1972, but went private again after a leveraged buyout in 1985.
Conair acquired Cuisinart in 1989, Waring Products in 1998, and bag manufacturer Allegro in 2007. Pollenex was acquired after Jarden acquired Holmes in 2005, and was rebranded as Conair Home in 2013.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent agency of the United States government. It was created in 1972 through the Consumer Product Safety Act. The CPSC is an agency that reports to Congress and the President and is not part of any other department or agency in the federal government.The CPSC is generally headed by three commissioners nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate for staggered seven-year terms. The commissioners set policy for the CPSC. The CPSC is located in Bethesda, Maryland.