The government says manufacturer Lasko Products Inc. has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for being slow to report problems about its defective portable fans.
Between November 2002 and September 2005, Lasko received about 42 reports of fans overheating, smoking, melting or catching fire. There were nine reports of personal injuries and some property damage. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Lasko did not fully report the incidents to the agency until September 2005.
The company in West Chester, Pa., recalled 5.6 million fans in February 2006.
CPSC alleged that Lasko failed to immediately report that the fans could cause hazards, as the law requires. A CPSC statement Friday says Lasko, in agreeing to the settlement, denies knowingly breaking the law.