More than 26,000 cooktops recalled, devices can turn on by themselves

It’s a burning mystery why these cooktops mysteriously turn on by themselves, prompting a recall to be issued for more than 26,000 devices.

Whirlpool, KitchenAid and JennAir glass cooktops with touch controls were recalled Wednesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission after Whirlpool Corporation received 133 reports that the surface elements turned on by themselves.

There were a total of 14 reports — 13 in the U.S. and one in Canada — of the devices causing damage to items. Four reports resulted in items catching fire, one report resulted in property damage and there were two injuries reported.

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These devices keep basements from getting musty and help prevent it getting too clammy in your home on a summer's day. But many of them can cause fires. More than 2.5 million dehumidifiers (all made in China by Gree Electric Applicances) were recalled in 2013 and 2014 because they can start fires: Danby, DéLonghi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE (GE), Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. Some 500 incidents involving these humidifiers overheating have been reported, including more than 100 that started fires. The humidifiers should not be used. Gree is arranging for refunds ($110 to $400) for anyone who bought one.
This reclined infant seat, designed for babies to sleep in, has been connected to at least six deaths by government investigators. Dozens more incidents also were attributed to the product made by the now-defunct Baby Matters. Consumers who have Nap Nanny products are urged to stop using them. A handful of retailers, including Toys R Us and Amazon.com (AMZN), offered refunds to their customers.
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“Consumers should immediately contact Whirlpool to arrange for a free installation of a replacement cooktop. When not in use, turn the unit off at the circuit breaker. Do not leave flammable materials or empty cookware on or near the cooktop,” the recall said.

Cooktops were sold at Best Buy, Lowe’s, The Home Depot and other stores as well as online, between March 2017 through August 2019. Items cost between $1,150 and $2500.

The recall includes around 26,300 devices sold in the U.S., 128 sold in Canada and an additional 128 in Mexico.

A full list of affected models can be found on the USCPSC site.

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