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Hoover Recalls Vacuum Cleaners

Hoover Co. is recalling 636,000 vacuum cleaners after receiving about 250 reports of overheating that caused the handle area to smoke, melt or catch fire.

The North Canton, Ohio-based subsidiary of Maytag Corp. is aware of only one injury - a minor burn - caused by overheating, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

The Hoover self-propelled upright vacuums, made in the United States, have defective on-off switches.

The recall covers the following models: U6423-900, U6425-900, U6425-950, U6445-900, U6445-960, U6449-900, U6450-900, U6451-900 and U6455-900. The beginning of the serial numbers range from 0598 to 1199.

Household appliance and floor-care retailers nationwide sold the vacuums from May 1998 to July 2000 for $259 to $279.

Consumers are urged to stop using the vacuums and contact the company to schedule a free repair by visiting or or by calling 800-250-6075, weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT.