|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2011
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Walmart Recalls GE Food Processors Due to Laceration and 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: General Electric® Food Processors
Units: About 255,000
Importer: Walmart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.
Hazard: The safety interlock system on the recalled food processor can fail; allowing operation without the lid secured which poses a laceration hazard. In addition, the product can emit smoke, or catch fire, posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Walmart has received a total of 58 incident reports: 24 reports of the food processor operating without the lid in place, of which 21 resulted in injuries to fingertips; and 34 reports of the unit smoking, including 3 reports of fires.
Description: This recall involves GE-branded digital, 14-cup food processors. The food processors are black with stainless steel trim, and model number 169203 is imprinted on the underside of the unit.
Sold exclusively at: Walmart stores nationwide and Walmart.com from September 2009 through February 2011 for a retail price of about $50.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled food processor and return the product to any Walmart for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Walmart Customer Service toll free at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.walmartstores.com/recalls
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