Certified home inspections Fl - Florida Master Home Inspectors, Inc.
Palm Beach: (561) 792-0271
Palm Beach County
CPSC, Whirlpool Announce Recall of Microwave-Hood Combinations
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC), Whirlpool Corp., of Benton Harbor, Mich., is
voluntarily recalling about 1.8 million microwave-hood combinations.
These units can overheat and catch fire.
Whirlpool has received seven reports of fires involving these
microwave- hood combinations. These incidents have resulted in
extensive property damage. No injuries have been reported.
These are microwave oven and exhaust fan hood combination units that
are installed above ranges. They were sold under the Whirlpool®,
KitchenAid® and Kenmore® brand names. They have serial numbers that
begin with XC. Open the door to locate the serial and model numbers.
Department, electronics, home and appliance stores, as well as builder
and remodelers, sold the microwave-hood combinations nationwide from
January 1998 through September 2001 for between $249 and $749.
Consumers with recalled microwave-hood combinations should immediately
stop using them and disconnect the units by unplugging them. Consumers
can call Whirlpool Corp. for a free repair. Consumers can contact
Whirlpool at (800) 785-8897 anytime. Consumers also can visit
Whirlpool's web site at
www.whirlpool.com. Consumers should have the model and serial
number of their unit available when they call or visit the web site.
Whirlpool has developed a new
"Consumer In-Home Service Repair Information" Pamphlet (pdf format).
This pamphlet will provide consumers with detailed information
concerning the cause of the fires and what the in-home repair will
Countertop microwaves are not included in this recall.
CPSC, Schneider Electric North American Division Announce Recall
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firms
below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately
unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI)
Units: About 700,000
Manufacturer: Schneider Electric North American Division, of
Hazard: An AFCI is an electrical circuit protection device
(circuit breaker) that detects electrical arcs from cracked, broken or
damaged electrical insulation and shuts off power to the circuit
before the arcing leads to a fire. An electronic component failure
inside the AFCIs can cause the devices to not detect an electrical
arc. Although the AFCIs will function as regular circuit breakers,
they may not detect an arc fault, posing a safety risk to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Schneider Electric is investigating one
reported fire during a new home construction that may be related to
this problem. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled Square D QO® and Homeline® Arc Fault
Interrupter circuit breakers are used with 15- and 20-amp branch
circuits. They are required to be installed in bedroom circuits in
accordance with the 2002 National Electrical Code. The recalled units
were manufactured after March 1, 2004, and have a blue test button.
The AFCI circuit breakers have one of the following date codes – CN,
DN, EN, FN, GN, HN, or JN – stamped in red on the breaker label
located just above the wiring terminal. The recalled units also have
one of the following catalog numbers printed on a label on the front
of the breaker: QO115AFI, QO115AFIC, QO120AFI, QO120AFIC, QOB115AFI,
QOB120AFI, HOM115AFI, HOM115AFIC, HOM120AFI, HOM120AFIC, QO115VHAFI,
QO120VHAFI, QOB115VHAFI, or QOB120VHAFI.
Sold at: Electrical distributors and retailers sold the AFCIs
between March 2004 and September 2004 for between $30 and $130.
Manufactured in: Mexico
Remedy: Installed AFCIs will be replaced free of charge through
electrical contractors. Consumers can return uninstalled AFCIs to the
retailers or distributor from whom the unit was purchased for a free
Consumer Contact: Consumer should call Schneider Electric
toll-free at (877) 202-9046 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday
through Friday or log on to the company's Website at
QOAFI CIRCUIT BREAKER
HOM CIRCUIT BREAKER
Test Button is BLUE on Recall
CPSC Releases the "Top Five Hidden Home Hazards" Safety Agency Places Popular Magnetic Toys on the
List of Deadly Dangers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Whether it is an apartment, duplex or
single-family residence, the home is a place that is supposed to give
families a feeling of safety and security. For many Americans families
however, an injury or death of a loved one can turn this place of
happiness into one of tragedy.
Each year, 33.1 million people are injured by consumer products in
the home. Some hazards are from products the Agency has warned about
for years; others come from new products and technologies. To keep
Americans informed of dangers, the CPSC has identified the Top Five
Hidden Home Hazards – associated with products that people may be
using everyday, but are unaware of the dangers that they can cause.
These home hazards are often unseen or unnoticed by consumers.
"The home is where people feel comfortable and secure, but constant
awareness is the key to keeping families safe," said Acting Chairman
Nancy Nord. "CPSC is aiming to increase awareness of the hidden
hazards around the home in order to help consumers protect against
With no or very little investment, incidents and injuries from
these dangers are preventable. Simply by being aware of these Top Five
Hidden Home Hazards, many lives can be spared and life-altering
1 Death, 86 Injuries;
8 million magnetic toys recalled.
Today's rare-earth magnets can be very small
and powerful making them popular in toys, building sets, and
jewelry. As the number of products with magnets has increased,
so has the number of serious injuries to children. In several
hundred incidents, magnets have fallen out of various toys and
been swallowed by children. Small intact pieces of building sets
that contain magnets have also been swallowed by children. If
two or more magnets, or a magnet and another metal object are
swallowed separately, they can attract to one another through
intestinal walls and get trapped in place. The injury is hard to
diagnose. Parents and physicians may think that the materials
will pass through the child without consequence, but magnets can
attract in the body and twist or pinch the intestines, causing
holes, blockages, infection, and death, if not treated properly
carefully for loose magnets and magnetic pieces and keep away
from younger children (less than 6). If you have a recalled
product with magnets, stop using it, call the company today, and
ask for the remedy.
Each year there about 400 recalls.
CPSC is very effective at getting dangerous
products off store shelves, such as recalled toys, clothing,
children's jewelry, tools, appliances, electronics and
electrical products. But once a product gets into the home, the
consumer has to be on the lookout. Consumers need to be aware of
the latest safety recalls to keep dangerous recalled products
away from family members.
dangerous products out of the home. Join CPSC's "Drive To One
Million" campaign and sign up for free e-mail
https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx - an e-mail from CPSC is
not spam – it could save a life.
Average of 22 deaths per year;
31 in 2006 and an estimated 3,000 injuries.
Furniture, TVs and ranges can tip over and
crush young children. Deaths and injuries occur when children
climb onto, fall against or pull themselves up on television
stands, shelves, bookcases, dressers, desks, and chests. TVs
placed on top of furniture can tip over causing head trauma and
other injuries. Items left on top of the TV, furniture, and
countertops, such as toys, remote controls and treats might
tempt kids to climb.
that furniture is stable on its own. For added security, anchor
to the floor or attach to a wall. Free standing ranges and
stoves should be installed with anti-tip brackets.
Windows & Coverings
Average of 12 deaths annually from window cords;
Average of 9 deaths and an estimated 3,700 injuries to children
annually from window falls.
Children can strangle on window drapery and
blind cords that can form a loop. Parents should use cordless
blinds or keep cords and chains permanently out of the reach of
children. Consumers should cut looped cords and install a safety
tassel at the end of each pull cord or use a tie-down device,
and install inner cord stays to prevent strangulation. Never
place a child's crib or playpen within reach of a window blind.
The dangers of windows don't end with window coverings and
pull cords. Kids love to play around windows. Unfortunately,
kids can be injured or die when they fall out of windows. Do not
rely on window screens. Window screens are designed to keep bugs
out, not to keep kids in.
your windows: repair pull cords ending in loops and install
window guards or stops today.
Pool & Spa Drains
15 injuries, 2 fatalities from 2002-2004.
The suction from a pool drain can be so
powerful that it can hold an adult under water, but most
incidents involve children. The body can become sealed against
the drain or hair can be pulled in and tangled. Missing or
broken drain covers are a major reason many entrapment incidents
occur. Pool and spa owners can consider installing a Safety
Vacuum Release System (SVRS), which detects when a drain is
blocked and automatically shuts off the pool pump or interrupts
the water circulation to prevent an entrapment.
time you use a pool or spa, inspect it for entrapment hazards.
Check to make sure appropriate drain covers are in place and
1. GE Recalls
Front Load Washers Due to Fire and Shock Hazards
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information
and Public Affair
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2010
Firm's Recall Hotline:
CPSC Recall Hotline:
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Media Contact: (888) 240-2749
GE Recalls Front Load
Washers Due to Fire and Shock Hazards
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the
firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following
consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products
immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or
attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: GE
Front-Load Washing Machines
Units: About 181,000
Appliances & Lighting, of Louisville,
Hazard: A wire can
break in the machine and make contact with a metal part on the washtub
while the machine is operating, posing fire and shock hazards to
is aware of seven incidents in which flames escaped the units and
caused minor smoke damage. No injuries have been reported.
recall involves GE front-load washing machines without auxiliary water
heating. Model and serial numbers are listed in the chart below.
Recalled washing machines were manufactured between December 2006 and
February 2010. The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom
right side and on the bottom door frame of the washers.
Sold at: Department and
various retail stores nationwide from December 2006 through May 2010
for about $700.
Manufactured in: China
should immediately stop using the recalled washers, unplug it from the
electrical outlet and contact GE for a free repair. Consumers should
not operate the washer until it has been repaired.
Consumer Contact: For
additional information, contact GE toll-free at (888) 345-4124 between
Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at
Frigidaire and Electrolux ICON Electric Smoothtop Cooktops and
Slide-In Ranges Recalled Due to Fire Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is
illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Frigidaire and Electrolux ICON Smoothtop
Electric Cooktops and Frigidaire Slide-in Ranges with rotary knobs and
Units: About 122,000
Manufacturer: Electrolux Home Products Inc., of Charlotte,
Hazard: Liquids can pool under the control knob and cause
the surface heating element to turn on unexpectedly, heat to
temperatures other than expected and then not turn off, posing a risk
of fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Electrolux has received 70 reports of
incidents, including three reports of fires that resulted in property
damage. Three minor burn injuries were reported.
Description: This recall involves Frigidaire and Electrolux
ICON smoothtop electric cooktops and Frigidaire slide-in ranges with
rotary knobs and digital displays. Model and serial numbers for the
slide-in ranges can be found inside the oven door on the left side of
the unit or on the underside surface on cooktop models. The following
model and serial numbers are included in this recall:
Frigidaire Serial Number
Range and Models
Serial Number Range:
NF501XXXXX through NF952XXXXX
Serial Number Range:
NF501XXXXX through NF045XXXXX
Sold at: Mass merchandise and independent retail stores from
January 2005 through August 2010 for between $500 and $2,500.
Manufactured in: Canada
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug
the recalled ranges or power off cooktops at the circuit breaker.
Contact Electrolux for information on how to obtain a free repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact
Electrolux at (888) 281-5310 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday
through Saturday or visit the firm’s website at
www.smoothtoprangerecall.com (Frigidaire) or
IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 9, 2012 Release #12-244
Recall Hotline: (866) 918-8760 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800)
638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908 Firm's Media
Contact: (888) 240-2749
GE Recalls Dishwashers Due
to Fire Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below,
today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer
product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately
unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to
resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: GE, GE
Adora(tm), GE Eterna(tm), GE Profile(tm) and Hotpoint(r),
Units: About 1.3 million in the United States
Manufacturer: GE Appliances, of Louisville, Ky.
An electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element can pose a
Incidents/Injuries: GE has received 15 reports
of dishwasher heating element failures, including seven reports of
fires, three of which caused extensive property damage. No injuries
have been reported.
Description: This recall involves GE, GE
Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint brand dishwashers. They
were sold in black, white, bisque, stainless steel and
CleanSteel(tm) exterior colors and finishes. The model and serial
numbers can be found on a metallic plate located on the left tub
wall visible when the door is opened. Model and serial numbers will
start with one of the following sequences:
Brands GE, GE
Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile, Hotpoint
Model Number Begins
With (except Hotpoint): GLC4, GLD4, GLD5, GLD6, GSD61, GSD62, GSD63,
GSD66, GSD67, GSD69, GLDL, PDW7, PDWF7, EDW4, EDW5, EDW6, GHD4,
GHD5, GHD6, GHDA4, GHDA6
Model Number Begins With
Serial Number Begins With: FL, GL, HL, LL,
ML, VL, ZL, AM, DM, FM, GM, HM, LM, MM, RM, SM, TM, VM, ZM, AR, DR,
Sold at: Appliance dealers, authorized builder
distributors and other stores nationwide from March 2006 through
August 2009 for between $350 and $850.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using
the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting
off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it and inform all users
of the dishwasher about the risk of fire. For all dishwashers,
contact GE for a free in-home repair or to receive a GE rebate of
$75 towards the purchase of a new GE front-control plastic tub
dishwasher, or a rebate of $100 towards the purchase of a new GE
front-control stainless tub dishwasher or GE Profile top control
dishwasher. Consumers should not return the recalled dishwashers to
the retailer where they purchased as retailers are not prepared to
take the units back.
Consumer Contact: For additional
information, contact GE toll-free at (866) 918-8760 between 8 a.m.
and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at
Raton, Boynton, Delray,
Green Acres, Highland Beach, Hobe Sound,
Hypoluxo, Juno, Jupiter, Lake
Worth, Lantana, Loxahatchee,
North Palm, Palm
Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm, Riviera Beach, Tequesta, Wellington, West