Nesco Food Dehydrator Recalled Over Fire Risk

Nesco American Harvest recalled one variety of its food dehydrators after three reports of it overheating and smoking or catching fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

So far, no one has been hurt, but consumers should stop using the product until they get free electronic control modules to replace those with the defective capacitors that cause the overheating.

About 4,800 of the Nesco American Harvest Gardenmaster Food Dehydrators were sold in stores nationwide and online from July 2009 to January 2011 for about $140 each. Nesco products are carried at retailers including Walmart and recall affects the dehydrator with model number FD-1020 and production date codes of 09E 0610, 09E 0624 and 09E 0903. The codes are molded into the bottom of the unit's electronic control module. The CPSC said that the dehydrator was made in China by The Metal Ware Corp. of Two Rivers, Wisc.

Consumers should call Nesco at (800) 726-4457 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Eastern Time Zone, Monday through Friday, to get a replacement control module.

The recalled dehydrator is the latest cooking gadget to be yanked because of faulty controls--Kohl's Department Stores had to take Bella Kitchen slow cookers off its shelves because of defective control panels that could spark a fire.
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