Bissell recalls 142,000 vacuum cleaners due to fire hazard

Bissell has recalled about 142,000 of its multi-reach hand and floor vacuum cleaners models because the vacuum's battery pack can overheat and smoke, posing a fire hazard.
So far, Bissell has received 17 reports of the vacuums smoking.
Six of those included the battery pack catching on fire.
At least two minor burn injuries were reported and three incidents resulted in minor property damage.
The recall involves BISSELL Multi Reach Hand and Floor Vacuum Cleaners models 1985, 19851 (also called Multi Auto), 19859, 1985T, 2151, 21512, 21513, 21517, 21518, 21519, 2151A, 2151T, 2151W, 2151V. “Multi Reach” is printed on the hand vacuum portion of the product. The vacuum cleaners were sold in a variety of colors. The model numbers are printed on the product rating label located behind the dirt tank.
The vacuums were sold at Lowe’s, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and other stores nationwide and online.
Consumers are being asked to not throw the recalled battery in the trash. Instead, contact Bissell for instructions on how to deplete the battery’s charge and receive a free replacement vacuum.
Bissell may be contacted at 855-417-7001, by email at or online at