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CPSC & G.E. Recall Defective Gas Ranges


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On December 15th 2005, CPSC, along with GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, Ky., announced a voluntary recall of 6,600 defective 36-inch and 48-inch gas ranges that pose a fire hazard. As of the date of the CPSC release, G.E. had received reports of six incidents of fire in the control area of these ranges but no injuries or property damage had been reported.

According to the manufacturer, these ranges were manufactured with a design flaw that can cause an electrical arc between the wiring and adjacent gas supply tubes at two locations in the control housing of the range, posing a fire hazard.

The recalled units are GE Monogram built-in ranges that include models ZDP48N6RH1SS, ZDP48L6RH1SS, ZDP48N4GH1SS, ZDP48L4GH1SS, ZDP48N6DH1SS, ZDP48L6DH1SS, ZDP36N4DH1SS, and ZDP36L4DH1SS with serial numbers starting with DG, FG, GG, HG, LG, MG, RG, SG, TG, VG, ZG, AH, DH, FH, GH, HH, LH, MH, RH, SH. To find the model and serial number, look underneath the bull nose ledge above the range controls.

These units were manufactured from February 1, 2004 to October 1, 2005 and were sold by home builders and appliance stores nationwide from February 2004 through November 2005 for between $4,000 and $6,000.

Inspectors finding on of these units should inform the homeowner about the hazard and advise him/her to refrain from using the griddle on the 36-inch model or the left front burner and the griddle on the 48-inch model and contact GE immediately to schedule a free, in-home repair. Until the repair is completed, the large oven and all other burners can be used.

Consumers should call the Recall Hotline at (866) 696-7583 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET on Saturdays to see if their range is included in this recall, and to arrange for a free service call. Information on the recall is also included in the Recall Information page at http://GEAppliances.com.

To view the original CPSC release, including photos of the units involved, click here.

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