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MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS SENATOR MICHAEL TATE

25 November 1991

MI ST R A L GYRO A I R E FA N S

Certain models of portable Mistral Gyro Aire Fans manufactured before 1980, which are described as 1 box style1, have been found to be a safety hazard because the plastic outer casing may catch fire warned Senator Michael Tate, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs, today.

The Minister's advice follows a finding by the Deputy State Coroner of Victoria, Mr Graeme Johnstone, after an inquest into the deaths of 2 young children in a house fire in Melbourne in 1988.

The Coroner said that up to 300 ,000 fans may be at risk because of the non-flame retardant thermoplastic casing. Some units also have faulty switches.

Mistral Gyro Aire fans the Coroner identified include models GA16-70 styles 1 to 11 and 16 manufactured before 1980 with fold down handles and either slide or push button speed controls, with a rating of 240 volts, 105 watts. Other models manufactured prior to 1979 are identified with the markings GA12-10 of various

style numbers.

"These fans should be destroyed, not just taken to the rubbish dump", the Minister said, "to avoid recycling of the units by people unaware of the danger. Even if the switches are replaced, the non-flame retardant thermoplastic casing on the fan is a

serious safety hazard".

The Coroner added that this warning does not apply to the current range of Mistral Gyro Aire Fans model numbers 1110-0 and 1112-0 which are approved by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, comply with the relevant Australian Standard and are distributed by an entirely different company Gerard Industries

Pty Ltd who only recently purchased the 'Mistral' brand name.

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