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Glass cooktops are being recalled by Whirlpool due to burn and fire hazards

Whirlpool Cooktops Recalled Due to Burn and Fire HazardsWhirlpool is recalling about 26,300 Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and JennAir brand glass cooktops with touch controls in the United States, 2,800 in Canada, and 128 in Mexico.

The recalled cooktop surface units can turn on by themselves, posing burn and fire hazards.

Whirlpool Corp. has received 133 reports of incidents involving the cooktop surface units turning on by themselves. This resulted in 14 reports, including 13 in the U.S. and one in Canada, of heat damage to nearby items and four reports of items catching on fire, including one report of property damage. Two minor burn injuries have been reported.

This recall involves cooktops with a glass cooking surface, touch controls, radiant and downdraft radiant models sold under the Whirlpool, KitchenAid and JennAir brands with the following model numbers. They were manufactured from December 2016 through July 2019.

The brand name is printed on the cooktop and the model number and serial numbers are printed on the underside of the cooktop. The model numbers beginning with K are KitchenAid models, the model numbers beginning with W are Whirlpool models, and the model numbers beginning with J are JennAir models. 

Model Numbers

Radiant Model Numbers Begin With:

KCES950HSS

KCES950HBL

KCES956HSS

KCES956HBL

WCE97US0HS

WCE97US0HB

WCE97US6HS

WCE97US6HB

JEC4430HS

JEC4430HB

JEC4536HS

JEC4536HB

JEC4424HB

 

Downdraft Radiant Model Numbers Begin With:

JED4430GB

JED4536GB

JED4430GS

JED4536GS

The cooktops were sold at Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Best Buy, and other home improvement, home appliance, and other stores and online from March 2017 through August 2019. The cost was between $1,150 and $2,500.

Consumers should immediately contact Whirlpool to arrange for a free installation of a replacement cooktop, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advise. When not in use, turn the unit off at the circuit breaker. Don’t leave flammable materials or empty cookware on or near the cooktop.

For more information, call Whirlpool at 888-900-7897 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go to repair.whirlpoolcorp.com. Consumers can also visit either www.whirlpool.com, www.kitchenaid.com, or www.jennair.com and click on “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2019, Rita R. Robison, Consumer and Personal Finance Journalist

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