The recalled slow cookers were manufactured in China; sold by the Burlington Coat Factory, of Burlington, New Jersey; and imported and distributed by Lehrhoff ABL, of Carlstadt, New Jersey. About 7,460 slow cookers are involved in the recall.
The defective products were sold at Burlington Coat Factory stores from June 2010 through December 2010 for $20.
The recalled productâ€™s control panel can overheat and melt, posing a fire hazard. To date, the manufacturer has received 60 reports of the control panels smoking, melting, and sparking, and three reports of panels catching fire. Fourteen incidents resulted in minor damage to countertops. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves Bella Kitchen 5-quart programmable slow cookers. The slow cookers are black with “Bella Kitchen” printed on the control panel. Only slow cookers with model number WJ-5000DE and date codes 0907 or 0909 are included in this recall. The model number and the four-digit date code are printed on a label on the underside of the product.
The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled slow cooker immediately and to unplug it and return it to Burlington Coat Factory for a full refund or store credit. Burlington Coat Factory can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.223.2628 between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s website.