A massive recall of about 900,000 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">General ElectricÂ® Coffee Makers has been implemented by Walmart due to fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.
The recalled General ElectricÂ®-branded 12-cup digital coffee makers were manufactured in China; imported by Walmart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Arkansas; and sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide from March 2008 through January 2010 for about $30.
The coffee maker can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. To date, Walmart has received 83 reports of overheating, smoking, melting, burning, and fire, including three reports of minor burn injuries to consumerâ€™s hands, feet, and torso. Reports of property damage include a significant kitchen fire and damage to countertops, cabinets and a wall.
This recall involves General ElectricÂ®-brand 12-cup coffee makers sold in white or black. The digital coffee maker has programmable functions and plastic housing. The GE logo is printed on the base of the coffee maker and the model number is printed on the bottom of the base. Model number 169164 in black and 169165 in white are involved; no other models are included in this recall.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled coffee makers and return the product to any Walmart for a full refund. Walmart can be reached, toll-free, at (800) 925-6278 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firmâ€™s website at www.walmart.com.