WASHINGTON, DC — The US Consumer Product Safety Commission urgently announced that certain glass cooktops marketed as popular brands such as KitchenAid, JennAir, and the Whirlpool Corporation must be recalled due to the unreasonable risk of starting a fire or burning someone. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said that anyone with these appliances in their homes must stop using them immediately, or they will run the risk of getting burned while using the cooktop or otherwise starting a fire in their homes. The USA Today said that the glass cooktops could turn on spontaneously due to a defect in the push-button controls. The Whirlpool Corporation alone registered 133 reports of cooktops turning on when not intended to be used, resulting in one fire causing property damage and two people suffering minor burns. There were as many as fourteen other reports of damage to items and information that four items caught fire. Safety Advocates worry these defective stovetops are still inside of consumers’ homes and pose a severe safety hazard.
The glass cooktops operated by push-button technology could cause a fire or burn someone using the cooktop because the cooktops can turn on without user input. A malfunction with the buttons could ignite a burner unexpectedly. The unanticipated heating could cause a fire or damage items stored on or near the stovetop.
Anyone with a glass cooktop manufactured by the Whirlpool Corporation, JennAir, or KitchenAid must consult the manufacturer to ascertain whether their specific appliance is subject to recall. The recalled products are sold online and at national retailers such as Lowes, Home Depot, Best Buy, and many other retailers that sell appliances. The retail value of the items ranged from $1,150.00 to $2,500.00, depending on the model.
The Whirlpool Corporation announced it offered to replace the affected cooktops for free. There is no information available concerning the other two companies’ plans. Safety Advocates worry these defective stovetops are still inside of consumers’ homes and pose a severe safety hazard to homeowners and renters throughout the United States.
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