|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2009
Release # 09-333
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Certain Frigidaire and Kenmore Elite Smoothtop Electric Ranges
Units: About 200,000
Manufacturer: Frigidaire, a division of Electrolux Home Products Inc., of Augusta, Ga.
Hazard: Depending on the model, the surface heating elements can: 1) turn on spontaneously without being switched on; 2) fail to turn off after being switched off; or, 3) heat to different temperatures than selected. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Frigidaire has received 126 reports of incidents, including four reports of minor burns and two reports of minor property damage.
Description: This recall involves Frigidaire, Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Professional and Kenmore Elite smoothtop electric ranges with rotary knobs and digital displays. The following model and serial numbers are included in the recall:
|Frigidaire (Serial Number Range VF122xxxxx - VF831xxxxx) and Models Beginning with
|Kenmore Elite (Serial Number Range VF122xxxxx - VF334xxxxx) and Models Beginning with
The model and serial number can be found by opening the range drawer at the base of the unit.
Sold at: Sears and other national chain and independent retailers nationwide from June 2001 through August 2009 for between $1,000 and $2,500.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled ranges immediately and contact Frigidaire or Sears to schedule a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Frigidaire at (888) 360-8556 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET or visit the firm's recall Web site at www.smoothtoprangerecall.com. Consumers who purchased their products at Sears should call Sears at (800) 449-9810 between 8 am - 10 pm ET Monday through Friday, 8 am - 7 pm Saturday.
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