Burlington Coat Factory Recalls Bella Kitchen Slow Cookers Over Fire Risk

bella kitchenBurlington Coat Factory recalled some of its Bella Kitchen five-quart programmable slow cookers after 60 reports of the control panels smoking, melting, sparking and in some cases catching fire, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

So far, no one has been reported hurt from using the slow cookers, although 14 incidents resulted in minor damage to counter tops, CPSC said.

These recalled slow cookers have the same model number and date codes as about 25,000 Bella Kitchen slow cookers sold at Kohl's Department Stores that were recalled last summer. Those cookers were distributed by the Canadian company Sensio Inc. The current batch of recalled slow cookers from Burlington Coat Factory were made in China and imported by Lehrhoff ABL of New Jersey.A call to the CPSC and a message left for Burlington Coat Factory weren't immediately returned.

Included in the Burlington Coat Factory recall are the black Bella Kitchen five-quart programmable slow cookers with model number WJ-5000DE and date codes 0907 or 0909. The model number and date code are on a label on the bottom of the cookers.

About 7,460 of the slow cookers were sold in Burlington Coat Factory stores from June 2010 through December 2010 for $20 each.

Consumers should unplug any unit in use and return it to Burlington Coat Factory for a refund or store credit. Contact Burlington at (888) 223-2628 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

Burlington Coat Factory sent the following statement to Consumer Ally:

In December 2010, we were alerted by the manufacturer of Bella Kitchen slow cookers that some of our stores may carry recalled models. We immediately removed these slow cookers from our stores. To ensure customer safety, we have been fully cooperating with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on an official recall and have been and will be taking all customer returns for a full refund or store credit.

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