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Carbon Monoxide Risk Prompts Gas Range Recall

Nov 25, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

About 900 Electrolux ICON® and Kenmore PRO® 30”Gas Ranges have been recalled due to carbon monoxide poisoning hazard the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced. Electrolux Home Products Inc., of Augusta, Georgia, manufactured the recalled ranges.

An incorrect part allows more fuel to pass to the range’s oven than can be burned efficiently, causing incomplete combustion and the release of carbon monoxide. This poses a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to consumers. To date, Electrolux has received four reports of incidents involving carbon monoxide being released from the recalled gas range. No injuries have been reported.

The following Electrolux ICON and Kenmore PRO 30” freestanding gas range model and serial numbers are included in this recall. For Electrolux ICON, the model and serial numbers are located on the back of the range. For the Kenmore PRO, the model and serial numbers are located near the base of the range just below the bottom right portion of the oven door and also on the back of the range. Not all serial numbers within these ranges are included in the recall.

•    Electrolux ICON Gas Range: Model: E30GF74HPS; Serial Number Range: NF83000000 – NF93633000
•    Kenmore PRO 30” Gas Range: Model: 790.76913800 and 790.76913801; Serial Number Range: NF83000000 – NF93633000

The recalled Electrolux ICON and Kenmore PRO 30” Free-Standing Gas Ranges, which were manufactured in Canada, were sold at appliance retailers nationwide from August 2008 through October 2009 for between $2,500 and $3,500.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the range’s oven and contact Electrolux for the Electrolux ICON or Sears for the Kenmore PRO to schedule a free repair. Consumers can continue to use the cook-top (top burners) and the broiler as well as any clock and/or timer functions.

Electrolux can be reached toll-free at (888) 360-8557 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday and on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., or at the firm’s Web site at Consumers with Kenmore PRO brand ranges should call Sears toll-free at (800) 733-2299 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday.

Of note, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently warned that carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can look a lot like the flu and can kill a person in minutes if exposed to high levels. CO poisoning is responsible for 15,000 emergency room visits and 500 deaths annually. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas, the number one cause of poisoning deaths in this country, and is dangerous and deadly when it builds up in improperly vented spaces, said HealthDay News previously.

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