The CPSC has announced a voluntary recall (June 2) by Whirlpool Corp. of Benton Harbor, Michigan, of approximately 529,000 KitchenAid Coffeemakers due to an electrical problem which can cause an internal component to overheat and ignite thereby posing a fire hazard to consumers. Whirlpool has received 13 reports of such overheating resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
The CPSC advises consumers to stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. The coffeemakers are black, white, red, or blue in color and are manufactured in 10 and 12 cup models. They were manufactured in China and sold from January 1999 through December 2004 for between $50 and $130 in catalogs, department stores, and specialty and online retailers. The affected serial numbers appear on a label on the bottom of the product and begin with the letters WCJ, WCK, WCL, WCM, and WCP followed by KCM120OB,KCM120WH, KCM300OB, KCM300WH, KCM200OB, KCM200WH, KCM400OB, KCM400WH, KCM400ER, or KCM400BU. The CPSC Consumer Hotline is 800-638-2772. WhirlpoolÃs recall hotline is 800-990-6255.