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Safety Recall: Whirlpool Glass Cooktops May Turn On Randomly

Whirlpool is recalling thousands of glass cooktops because they may randomly turn on, according to a Consumer Product Safety Commission notice.

The recall involves cooktops sold under the Whirlpool, KitchenAid and JennAir brands with the following model numbers:

KCES950HSSKCES950HBL
KCES956HSSKCES956HBL
WCE97US0HSWCE97US0HB
WCE97US6HSWCE97US6HB
JEC4430HSJEC4430HB
JEC4536HSJEC4536HB
JEC4424HB JED4536GB
JED4430GB JED4536GS
JED4430GS

These stoves were manufactured from December 2016 through July 2019. The model numbers beginning with “K” are KitchenAid brands, the model numbers beginning with “W” are Whirlpool brands, and the model numbers beginning with “J” are JennAir brands.

Consumers who own these models should immediately contact Whirlpool. The company will arrange for a free to install a replacement cooktop for free.

For your safety, turn the unit off at the circuit breaker when not in use to avoid it turning on randomly. Follow all fire safety measures to include keeping flammable materials and empty cookware away from the cooktop.

To date, the Whirlpool Corporation has received 133 reports of incidents involving the cooktop surfaces randomly turning on by themselves. Among these, there were 14 reports of heat damage (13 in the U.S. and 1 in Canada) and four reports of fires with property damage resulting in one of those fires. Minor burns were reported in two cases.

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