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Thousands of microwaves recalled over fire risk

One house fire blamed on problem with plastic part inside

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WASHINGTON, DC – Whirlpool is recalling thousands of microwaves because of a defect that can cause them to catch fire. 

The company internal arcing during use can ignite a plastic component inside some of the microwave hood combinations.

Whirlpool says it has received five reports of incidents, including one home fire, two fires involving the surrounding cabinets, one report of smoke, and one report of a burning odor, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The microwaves were sold at Best Buy, HH Gregg, Lowes, Sears and other home improvement and retail stores from January 2014 through April 2016 for between $370 and $470.

The following model and serial numbers are included in the recall: 

Model Numbers

Serial Numbers

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

 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled microwaves, unplug the units and contact Whirlpool at 800-990-6254 for a free replacement product.

More information about the recall can be found here.

 

 

 

 


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