Bella Kitchen slow cookers sold at Kohl's Department Stores are being recalled after dozens of reports of overheating and three fires, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The Chinese-made slow cookers, distributed by the Canadian company Sensio Inc., have a defect in their control panels that can cause them to smoke, melt, spark and catch fire. Sensio told the CPSC that 60 consumers reported those problems and 14 of the incidents resulted in countertop damage.
About 25,000 of the programmable 5-quart slow cookers were sold at Kohl's from July 2009 through December 2009 for $20-$40.
The recalled slow cookers have the model number WJ-5000DE and date codes 0907 or 0909. They are black and have the name "Bella Kitchen" on the control panel. The identifying numbers can be found on a label on the underside of the cookers.
If you have one of them, stop using it immediately, pull out the plug and get in touch with Sensio to find out how to get your money back.
Consumers can call Sensio at (888) 296-9675 weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time or visit the company's recall site.
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