Whirlpool Corp. is recalling 15,200 microwave ovens due to a plastic component that has the potential to catch fire. “Internal arcing during use can ignite an internal plastic component, posing a fire hazard,” the company said in a statement. Five fire reports, including one home fire, two fires involving surrounding cabinets, one report of smoke, and one report of a burning odor have been filed with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries have been reported, but Whirlpool is recommending product owners “should immediately stop using the microwave and unplug the unit.” The affected units were manufactured in China and sold from January 2014 through April 2016 at Best Buy, HH Gregg, Lowe’s, Sears among other home improvement, home appliance and retail stores as well as by home builders nationwide. Each model was priced at $370 to $470, and can be identified by checking model and serial numbers, located on the inside of each unit, above the oven cavity on the left hand side.
The model and serial numbers included in the recall are as follows:
WMH53520CS — TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH53520CW — TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH53520CB — TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH53520CE — TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH53520CH — TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH73521CS — TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH73521CW — TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH73521CB — TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH73521CE –TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH73521CH — TR33500000 to TR34899999
These models include Whirlpool brand microwave hood combinations sold in stainless steel, and black and white models. A complete list of recalled Whirlpool products can be found at the company’s website. Consumers who want more information can contact Whirlpool Corp. at 800-990-6254 from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday. This is not the first time Whirlpool has issued a recall for their microwave ovens. In October of 2001, it issued a voluntary recall of about 1.8 million units with the potential to overheat and catch fire.
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