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 Posted: Thu May 30th, 2019 01:45 am
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Marryann Claritan
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hi, i got the fan at a thrift store for 5$, it has a cool variable control kind of like a dimmer and a rotating grille. has anybody have any experience with these or know when it was made? i have never heard of mistral, i am assuming there is a company behind them? 

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 Posted: Thu May 30th, 2019 12:08 pm
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James Pinette
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hi maryann i've seen quite a few of those, not just by mistral but by others too and they show up on ebay every so often. they were popular into the early 90's if you look on the fan it'll say warning do not use in window... and i aslo believe i have heard reports of some catching fire but don't quote me :)

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 Posted: Thu May 30th, 2019 12:39 pm
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They were made (or at least designed) in Australia. I believe that the ones recalled had a variable speed slide switch. These caused many fires and a couple deaths. Later models had push buttons.

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 Posted: Thu May 30th, 2019 04:18 pm
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really? mine has a slide switch control. it does spark when you first turn it on but i did not think anything of it. i guess i wont leave it on when i leave the room. 

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 Posted: Thu May 30th, 2019 05:19 pm
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I'm not an expert on them but I did find this. It's possible that the US made / sold fans were unaffected. While the slide switch could overheat, it seems the bigger problem was that the plastic cases themselves were flammable.




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 Posted: Thu May 30th, 2019 05:28 pm
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Marryann Claritan
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well i am not going to destory iy. 

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 Posted: Thu May 30th, 2019 08:33 pm
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I have one of the affected models (GA 16-70,) which I bought in 1980 and still use occasionally. It works like a charm. I guess I'll just have to use it in the fireplace.

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 Posted: Fri May 31st, 2019 04:13 am
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The recall is only for the 240v version of these. The 120v version is unaffected, quite possibly due to the simple fact of being a lower voltage.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 2nd, 2019 10:57 am
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One of our members is doing a video series on his. The fan is manufactured of a non-fire-retardant material. The variable speed switch, apparently, could suffer a component failure and ignite the plastic housing. I don't have any info on which models or voltage ratings were affected by the recall; however this type of hazard could be mitigated by correctly done modifications to the fan. I believe that's what Harley's plans are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXBmQ3nm2r4 


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