FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 1997
Release # 97-097
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), K-Tel International (USA) Inc. of Plymouth, Minn., announced a replacement program for 75,000 food dehydrators. The food dehydrator can overheat, presenting a fire hazard.
K-Tel is aware of nine incidents resulting in seven fires. One person was injured by smoke inhalation.
The recall program involved the Deluxe Dehydrator with Fan, model no. 80043. The round, white plastic appliance measures 13 inches in diameter with a 3-inch thick base and a gray plastic lid. The base is labeled in part, "K-TEL...Style No. LD 1010..." The base is stacked with five trays with holes in the center. Each tray contains a gray plastic tray on which fruit, vegetables, or meat can be dried.
Retail stores and telemarketers sold the dehydrators nationwide from October 1993 to December 1995 for $30 to $40.
Consumers who own the K-Tel Food Dehydrator with Fan, model no. 80043, should stop using it immediately. The company is out of business, and cannot be contacted. Please destroy or discard the product.
K-Tel has already notified consumers who purchased the recalled food dehydrator through telemarketing. This notice is being issued to inform consumers who purchased the food dehydrator at retail stores about the recall program.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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