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CPSC, GE Announce Recall of Ranges and Wall Ovens

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Recall Date:
August 26, 2004

Recall Details


August 26, 2004

Alert #04-576


The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: General Electric, Hotpoint, Kenmore, and Americana brand freestanding electric ranges and double wall ovens

Units: 28,300

Manufacturer: General Electric Appliances Co., of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: The ranges and wall ovens have faulty wiring, which can melt and cause the oven to short circuit. The appliance can then stop working and pose a shock hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: There have been no incidents reported. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

Description: The recall includes electric coil top freestanding ranges and wall ovens. The coil ranges are 30 inches wide with controls in the rear. The wall ovens include the 27- and 30-inch models, with the lower oven controlled by a knob and not self-clean. The upper oven is self-clean. The following models are included in this recall:

Freestanding Coil Ranges
Double Wall Ovens
Hotpoint Brand
General Electric Brand
General Electric Brand
Kenmore Brand
Americana Brand
Kenmore Brand

Manufactured In: United States and Mexico

Sold By: Appliance retail outlets and builder distributors nationwide sold the ranges from June 2004 through July 2004 for between $250 and $500, and the wall ovens from April 2004 through July 2004 for between $950 and $1500.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the appliances immediately and contact GE to schedule a repair at no charge.

Consumer Contact: Consumers should call the GE Recall Hotline at (800) 326-1076 anytime to see if their range or wall oven is included in this recall and arrange for the free repair.

Picture of Recalled Wall OvenPicture of Recalled Range

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