HP is recalling over a million fax machines after it received seven reports of fax machines overheating and catching fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said today.These incidents resulted in at least “one instance of significant property damage and one instance of a minor burn injury to a consumer’s finger.” Ouch.
This recall involves HP Fax 1040 and 1050 models which were sold from 2004 right through December 2011 for between $90 and $120.
To add insult to injury, some of these units were replacements for a previous recall involving HP fax model 1010 in June 2008, the commission said.
HP can’t get away from this fire thing. In November, a story was widely reported that a bug in its printers could allow a hacker to overheat the printer until it caught fire. Those reports turned out to be exaggerated and HP refuted them although that didn’t stop a class action suit from springing up. HP has since offered fixes for the printer bugs.