A fire risk posed by a line of fans is forcing a recall from an automotive manufacturer.
Flex-A-Lite is recalling certain aftermarket electric fan kits, including part numbers 274 (Dual Electric Fan Kit) and 59274 (Aluminum Radiator and Dual Electric Fan Combination Kit). These items were produced between Feb. 3, 2014 and May 27, 2015.
The affected electric fan kits were not supplied with a fuse holder to be installed between the fan control module and the battery. Additionally, in the event of an electrical short, the circuit breakers that were supplied with the kits may not be sensitive enough to trip before electrical damage could occur.
Use of an electric fan kit without the additional fuse holder between the battery and fan control module or with the original circuit breaker installed may result in electrical system damage in the event of an electrical short, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.
Flex-A-Lite will notify owners, and will provide purchasers with a replacement kit that includes a 60 amp fuse harness to be installed between the battery and fan control module as well as a 30 amp circuit breaker to replace the existing one between the fan motors and fan control module, free of charge. The recall began on June 24, 2015. Owners may contact Flex-A-Lite customer service at (800) 851-1510.