WASHINGTON – The Swiffer Sweep+Vac (search), a battery-operated vacuum cleaner distributed by Procter & Gamble Co. (PG), is being voluntarily recalled due to a smoke and fire risk, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC (search)) said Friday.
The safety agency said that in some cases, when the cleaner is left in the on position, its rotor can lock up and cause the unit to overheat.
Procter & Gamble has received 14 complaints of the Chinese-made Sweep+Vac overheating, including one report of a fire with minor property damage, the CPSC said.
About 175,000 of the cleaners were sold for about $30 in U.S. stores beginning in September.
Consumers were advised to stop using the Sweep+Vac and disconnect the unit by removing the top section of its pole.
Consumers can contact 1-800-487-5915 or visit www.swiffersweepandvac.com to arrange to return the unit to Procter & Gamble and receive a refund, the safety commission said.