General Electric has recalled 92,000 combination wall and microwave ovens. The product recalls come after the discovery that the door switch in the ovens can overheat and ignite plastic components in the appliance. The defective units were built by GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, KY and sold under the Kenmore, GE, and GE Profile Brands.
The ovens, which were sold in department and appliance stores between January 2000 and December 2003, were reportedly responsible for 35 instances of property damage due to fire. Continued use of the ovens is dangerous and could potentially put many households in danger.
When we buy something, we assume that it wouldn’t be offered for sale if it weren’t safe to use. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Every year, thousands of Americans are injured by unsafe consumer products such as defective unsafe household products. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency charged with monitoring the safety of the things we buy and use, recalls hundreds of products each year, and reports that defective products cost America more than $700 billion annually.