In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, appliance producers Whirlpool and GE are recalling some of their cooking appliances.
Whirlpool (Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.) recalled 24,500 freestanding ranges, double ovens, and oven-microwave combinations. All of the appliances use faulty wiring, which can overheat, melt through the insulation, and cause a short circuit. They may pose a shock hazard to consumers if the appliance is not properly grounded, although Whirlpool has received no reports of incidents.
The recall involves Whirlpool oven-microwave combination products with model number GSC; Whirlpool double-wall ovens with model number RBD; KitchenAid oven-microwave combinations with model numbers KEHC and KEMC; and KitchenAid electric freestanding ranges with model numbers KERA2 and KER12:
The recalled products were manufactured in the U.S. and were sold at U.S. department, mass merchandise, and appliance stores, as well as through home builders, from April 2004 through July 2004.
GE of Louisville, KY, U.S. also recalled some 28,300 of its General Electric, Hotpoint, Kenmore, and Americana brand freestanding electric ranges and double wall ovens.
The ranges and wall ovens have faulty wiring, which can melt and cause the oven to short circuit. The appliances can then stop working and pose a shock hazard to consumers. No such incidents have been reported.
The GE recall includes electric coil top freestanding ranges and wall ovens. The coil ranges are 30-in wide with controls in the rear. The wall ovens include the 27- and 30-in models, with the lower oven controlled by a knob and not self-clean. The upper oven is self-clean.
The recalled GE units were manufactured in the U.S. and Mexico and were sold at U.S. appliance retail outlets and builder distributors from June 2004 through July 2004.
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