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Urgent recall of Aldi product issued over fire hazard: 'Immediately stop use'

A popular vacuum cleaner sold at Australian Aldi stores has been recalled for a second time due to a potential fire hazard posed by an “unstable” battery.

On Sunday, Aldi reissued a recall of the Easy Home Cyclonic Handheld and Stick Vacuum Cleaner, which was sold to customers between February 5 and March 10, 2020.

Aldi takes product safety seriously and due to the low number of returns, we wish to remind customers of an active recall of the Easy Home Cyclonic Handheld and Stick Vacuum Cleaner,” wrote Aldi in their Facebook post.

Aldi electrical safety recall notice for vacuum cleaner
Aldi issued an urgent recall of the Easy Home Cyclonic Handheld and Stick Vacuum Cleaner, which was sold to customers in 2020. Source: Aldi Australia

The faulty cordless vacuum cleaner was sold to customers in “either blue or red colour variations” and can be identified by “Model 99135” and “02/2020” – which are printed on the rating label.

An Aldi spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo News Australia that the recall information for the Easy Home Cyclonic Handheld and Stick Vacuum Cleaner can be found on the supermarket’s Facebook page and website.

Aldi warns customers vacuum cleaner 'may cause a fire'

“The battery may become unstable, overheat and ignite during or after charging,” warned Aldi in their official recall statement.

Aldi also cautioned customers that the product “may cause a fire which may result in injury and damage to property.”

The supermarket giant is actively urging all customers who purchased Easy Home vacuum cleaners to return them to their local stores immediately for a refund.

Aldi vacuum cleaner recall notice on Facebook
Aldi warned customers that the vacuum cleaner "may cause a fire" due to an unstable battery. Source: Facebook/Getty

“If you have not already, customers should immediately stop use and return the product to your nearest Aldi store for a full refund,” urged Aldi.

“We apologise for any inconvenience. For further information, please visit Product Safety Australia,” they concluded.

Aldi previously issued a product recall for the same problematic vacuum cleaner on March 19, 2020, which can be found on the ACCC's Product Safety Australia website.

'It was garbage': Aldi shoppers weigh in on vacuum recall

Aussie Aldi fans quickly responded to the recall on Facebook, with hundreds of shoppers divided over the quality of vacuum cleaner in the comments.

“Bought one of these. It was garbage. Threw it out a few months back. Bought a Dyson,” commented one shopper.

“So annoying. We just threw ours out and would have got it around that time,” commented a second.

Aldi supermarket storefront, daytime
Hundreds of Aldi shoppers flooded social media to voice their concerns over the vacuum cleaner recall. Source: Getty

“Their electrical products are just not that good. Kmart too,” wrote a third.

Others voiced their disappointment at having to return their Easy Home handheld vacuum back to the store, as it was “still going strong” after two years.

“Sad to hear for you Aldi, especially when the blue upright vacuum I bought from Aldi many years ago is still going strong. It’s the only vacuum with enough suction to get the fur families' hair out of my rugs,” lamented one shopper.

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