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Whirlpool Microwaves Recalled Due to Home Fires

Whirlpool Microwaves Recalled Due to Home Fires

Reports of fires involving Whirlpool microwaves prompted the company to recall certain models this week.

15,200 Whirlpool microwaves are being recalled after they were linked to fires, including one home fire and two fires involving the surrounding cabinets, along with one report of smoke and another of a burning odor. The company has determined internal arcing during use can ignite an internal plastic component, posing a fire hazard.

Only certain Whirlpool brand microwave hood combinations are affected by the recall.

Consumers may have purchased these microwaves at Best Buy, HH Gregg, Lowes, Sears or other home improvement stores and retailers nationwide for $370–$470, or bought a home that included a microwave, between January 2014 and April 2016.

Whirlpool Microwaves Recalled Due to Home Fires

Consumers can locate the model number and serial number on the inside of the microwave, above the oven cavity on the left side. The exterior of the microwave may be stainless steel, black or white.

Recalled Whirlpool Microwaves

Model Numbers Serial Numbers
WMH53520CS TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH53520CW TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH53520CB TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH53520CE TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH53520CH TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH73521CS TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH73521CW TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH73521CB TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH73521CE TR33500000 to TR34899999
WMH73521CH TR33500000 to TR34899999

 

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled microwaves, unplug the units and contact Whirlpool for a free replacement product,” Whirlpool said.

For more information, consumers can visit www.whirlpool.com and click on “Product Recall” or call 800-990-6254.

About Candice Fitzgibbons

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