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 www.geappliances.com. 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 www.sears.com