Louisville, Ky. — GE Consumer & Industrial is recalling about 92,000 built-in combination wall and microwave ovens under the GE, GE Profile and Kenmore brands due to a possible fire hazard.
The problem is limited to the upper microwave unit, rather than the lower thermal oven. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the microwave’s door switch can overheat and ignite plastic components in the control area.
No injuries have been reported, although GE is aware of 35 incidents of minor property damage, including one occurrence involving fire damage to adjacent kitchen cabinets.
The ovens were sold in Sears and other majap stores from January 2000 to Dececember 2003. The units retailed for between $1,500 and $2,000 and were sold in white, black, bisque and stainless-steel finishes.
GE is offering a free repair or rebate on a new product, a $300 rebate toward the purchase of a new GE-brand unit or a $600 rebate toward the purchase of a new GE Profile-brand unit. Sears is offering a free repair or $300 rebate toward the purchase of a new Kenmore-brand unit.
Consumers can continue using the lower thermal oven, the CPSC said.