Fireplace hazard leads Whirlpool to recall 15,200 microwave ovens

BENTON HARBOR, MI – Whirlpool Corp. is recalling 15,200 microwave ovens, saying a plastic part inside has the potential to catch hearth.

“Inner arcing throughout use can ignite an inside plastic part, posing a fireplace hazard,” in accordance with Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool.

Whirlpool has obtained 5 studies of such incidents, together with one house hearth, two fires involving the encompassing cupboards, one report of smoke, and one report of a burning odor, in accordance with data offered by the U.S. Client Product Security Fee.

No accidents have been reported.

The recall, which was initiated on Aug. 25, includes Whirlpool model microwave hood combos bought in stainless-steel, black and white fashions, in accordance with whirlpool.

On its web site, the key house equipment maker says homeowners “ought to instantly cease utilizing the microwave and unplug the unit.” It’s working in cooperation with the Client Product Security Fee, an unbiased company of the U.S. authorities. That shopper safety group advises shoppers to right away cease utilizing the recalled microwaves, unplug them and get in touch with Whirlpool for a free substitute product.

The microwave ovens have been manufactured in China and bought from January 2014 by April 2016 by Greatest Purchase, HH Gregg, Lowe’s, Sears and different house enchancment, house equipment and retail shops in addition to by house builders nationwide, in accordance with the Client Product Security Fee. Every mannequin was priced at $370 to $470.

The affected ovens could also be recognized by checking their mannequin numbers and serial numbers, that are situated on the within of every unit, above the oven cavity on the left hand facet.

The current recall is small by comparability to a voluntary recall that Whirlpool initiated almost 15 years in the past, in October of 2001. In cooperation with the CPSC, it recalled about 1.8 million microwave-hood combos that had the potential to overheat and catch hearth.

In that occasion, Whirlpool had obtained seven studies of fires involving these microwave-hood combos.

The next mannequin and serial numbers are included within the recall:

Mannequin NumbersSerial Numbers

WMH53520CS — TR33500000 to TR34899999

WMH53520CW — TR33500000 to TR34899999

WMH53520CB — TR33500000 to TR34899999

WMH53520CE — TR33500000 to TR34899999

WMH53520CH — TR33500000 to TR34899999

WMH73521CS — TR33500000 to TR34899999

WMH73521CW — TR33500000 to TR34899999

WMH73521CB — TR33500000 to TR34899999

WMH73521CE –TR33500000 to TR34899999

WMH73521CH — TR33500000 to TR34899999

The listing of fashions and serial numbers included within the recall is out there on the corporate’s web site at

Customers who need extra data might discover it there or by contacting  Whirlpool Corp. at 800-990-6254 from 8 a.m. to eight p.m. Monday by Friday.

The Client Product Security Fee makes an attempt to advertise the protection of shopper merchandise although such means as coordinating remembers and evaluating merchandise which are the topic of shopper complaints or trade studies.

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