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Editor's Note: Though appliances are outside the scope of an inspection in many jurisdictions, more than 100 people have been injured by these ranges so TIJ is providing inspectors this information so that they can warn clients and sellers about this danger.

CPSC Alert #09-333

Frigidaire, a division of Electrolux Home Products Inc., of Augusta, Ga, in cooperation with the CPSC has voluntarily recalled the following product. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Certain Frigidaire and Kenmore Elite Smoothtop Electric Ranges

Units: About 200,000

Hazard: Depending on the model, the surface heating elements can: 1) turn on spontaneously without being switched on; 2) fail to turn off after being switched off; or, 3) heat to different temperatures than selected. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Frigidaire has received 126 reports of incidents, including four reports of minor burns and two reports of minor property damage.

Description: This recall involves Frigidaire, Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Professional and Kenmore Elite smoothtop electric ranges with rotary knobs and digital displays. The following model and serial numbers are included in the recall:

Frigidaire (Serial Number Range VF122xxxxx - VF831xxxxx) and Models Beginning with

Model Numbers: 790.30472400, 790.30473400, 790.30473401, 790.30474400, 790.30479400

Serial Number Range: NF401xxxxx through NF610xxxxx

FEFBZ90GC

FEFLMC55GC

FEFLZ87GC

GLEF396AB

GLEF396AQ

GLEF396AS

GLEF396CQ

GLEF396CS

GLEFM397DB

GLEFM397DQ

GLEFM397DS

GLEFM97FPB

GLEFM97FPW

GLEFM97GPB

GLEFM97GPW

LEEFM389FE

PLEF398AC

PLEF398CC

PLEF398DC

PLEFM399DC

PLEFMZ99EC

PLEFMZ99GC

PLEFZ398EC

PLEFZ398GC

Kenmore Elite (Serial Number Range VF122xxxxx – VF334xxxxx) and Models Beginning with

790.99012 790.99013 790.99014 790.99019

The model and serial number can be found by opening the range drawer at the base of the unit.

Sold at: Sears and other national chain and independent retailers nationwide from June 2001 through August 2009 for between $1,000 and $2,500.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled ranges immediately and contact Frigidaire or Sears to schedule a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Frigidaire at (800) 449-9812 between 8 a.m. and midnight ET Monday through Saturday or visit the firm’s recall Web site at www.smoothtoprangerecall.com. Consumers who purchased their products at Sears should call Sears at (800) 449-9810 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

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