GE Recalls 92,000 Ovens Over Fire Risk

Company offers affected customers rebates, free repairs
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2007 8:01 PM CST
Banners hang on a Sears store in downtown Chicago in this April 4, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – GE recalled 92,000 microwave ovens today because the appliances pose a fire hazard, the government said. The ovens, sold at department and appliance stores between January 2000 and December 2003, were sold as GE, GE Profile, and Kenmore products. The company reported no injuries stemming from oven use, but said there were more than 30 cases of property damage, Reuters reports.

While the microwave poses a risk, the traditional oven that sits below it is safe to use, the feds say. GE and Sears offered consumers a raft of options, including free repair or a $600 rebate on a new GE Profile unit. GE assured investors the mishap wouldn’t affect its bottom line, but added, “The cost of the recall is immaterial.”