GE Recalls 92,000 Microwave Oven Combos

GE is recalling 92,000 microwave/oven combos because “door switch in the microwave oven can overheat and ignite plastic components in the control area, posing a fire hazard to consumers.” The CPSC knows of 35 fires caused by the overheating door switch, one of which set fire to the adjacent kitchen cabinets. Whoops.

The unit was sold under the brands GE, GE Profile® and Kenmore, and you can check the CPSC’s website for the affected serial numbers.

These oven combos were sold from January 2000 to December 2003 for between $1,500 and $2,000 and were manufactured in the good old U.S. of A.

GE is offering a $300 rebate for the “GE” unit, and a $600 rebate for the “GE Profile” unit OR a you can schedule a free repair. Sears is offering $300, or a free repair. If you’re keeping the thing, you’re advised not to use the microwave until they get around to fixing it, lest you set fire to your Apple Jacks and Special K.

For additional information on GE /Profile units, contact General Electric toll-free at (888)-240-2745 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday, or visit GE’s Web site at For additional information on Kenmore units, contact Sears toll-free at (888) 679-0282 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday, or visit Sears’ Web site at

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  1. TedSez says:

    This never would have happened on Jack Donaghy’s watch. Bring on the fireworks!

  2. AlisonAshleigh says:

    Thank youy! I work in the appliance industry and we don’t always get these notices. Helps to have this handy!

  3. comedian says:

    @TedSez: Maybe Jack Donaghy’s “third heat” is setting the house on fire.

                     “I am the third heat!


  4. Parting says:

    Ouch, the thing looks ugly in the first place. And how does it work for microwave? I mean there is always a little bit of hot air coming from the oven. How safe is having something else on top?

  5. Smackdown says:

    I will have to check on my GE/Oven combo that came with my house built in 2003. Damn. I wonder if this means I can get them replaced.