Food Dehydrator Recalled by NESCO American Harvest Due to Fire Hazard

A defective capacitor in the electronic control module can overheat.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2011
Release #11-104
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 726-4457
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Food Dehydrator Recalled by NESCO American Harvest Due to Fire Hazard

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: NESCO American Harvest Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator

Units: About 4,800

Manufacturer: The Metal Ware Corporation, of Two Rivers, Wisc.

Hazard: A defective capacitor in the electronic control module can overheat, posing a smoke and fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: NESCO received three reports of overheating resulting in smoke or fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled product includes a base with stackable trays to place food. The top of the unit houses the electronic control module. Model number FD-1020 and production date codes: 09E 0610; 09E 0624; and 09E 0903 are molded into the underside of the dehydrator's electronic control module.

Sold at: National mass merchandisers and retailers and online at www.nesco.com and other websites from July 2009 to January 2011 for about $140.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact NESCO for instructions on how to receive a free electronic control module.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact NESCO at (800) 726-4457 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.nesco.com

Picture of recalled food dehydrator

Picture of dehydrator's electronic control module

Picture of molded label on the underside of the dehydrator's electronic control module

Detail of molded label showing location of date code