Whirlpool has recently placed a recall on their hooded combination microwaves. This Whirlpool microwave recall was placed as a precaution to fire hazard accidents. The possibility of fires is due to a defect caused by the internal arcing, which during usage, can ignite a burst of fire in an internal plastic component. An arc fault results from a high power discharge of electricity between two or more conductors, resulting in heat that causes a breakdown of the wire’s insulation and triggers an electrical fire. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been five documented cases of such incidents. Moreover, “Whirlpool has received five reports of incidents, including one home fire, two fires involving the surrounding cabinets, one report of smoke, and one report of a burning odor” (CPSC).
Furthermore, the Whirlpool microwave recall was announced in late August, affecting 15,200 microwaves. These Whirlpool microwaves were sold in stainless steel, black, and white models. These units were sold in nationwide chain stores, such as Best Buy, HH Gregg, Lowes, and Sears. Whirlpool Corporation released these microwaves to the public from January 2014 through April 2016. The retail price of these microwaves ranged from around $370 to $470. The product was manufactured in China.
The following models and serial numbers are affected in this recall:
|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|
TR33500000 to TR34899999
The model tag can be located in the upper left hand corner when the microwave door is opened. If you are affected in this Whirlpool microwave recall, it is important that you immediately unplug your microwave. Contact Whirlpool Corporation for a replacement, by either calling (800) 990-6254 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time or visiting http://repair.whirlpoolcorp.com. To learn more about the recall, visit http://repair.whirlpool.com.
Whirlpool Corporation is an American manufacturer and marketer of home appliances. Their headquarters are based out of Benton Charter Township in Michigan. This Fortune 500 company has more than 70 global manufacturing and technology research centers. In the United States, Whirlpool Corporation has eight manufacturing facilities, including locations in Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and five facilities in Ohio. Since 2001, Whirlpool Corporation has recalled eleven other appliances. These appliances include an Over The Range Microwave Hood Combination in 2001, a 24-inch Washer and Gas Dryer in 2002, a Dehumidifier in 2002, a Free Standing range, a Double Oven and Oven Microwave Combination in 2004, a KitchenAid® PRO LINE® Series Toaster in 2005, a Dishwasher in 2005, a KitchenAid® Coffee Maker in 2005, a Gas Water Heater in 2005, a Frost-Free Freezer and Refrigerator in 2005, a Guangdong Kelon Air-Conditioner Co., Ltd. Dehumidifier due to Fire Hazard, and Jenn-Air® Brand Wall Ovens.
What to do if you are harmed in this recall:
- Get medical attention, your health and safety come first, it is important to receive medical attention, if needed.
- Notify the company, it is important that the company is aware of your incident.
- Keep a record of your medical bills, it is crucial to track all your medical activities after the incident to receive accurate compensation for your injuries.
- Hire an attorney, know your rights and receive a fair compensation by hiring a professional attorney.
Remember – many causes can lead to microwaves fires, such as a faulty product, leaving the microwave running for too long, or forgetting to take out a piece of material. It important to be prepared for these unexpected fires.
If your microwave catches fire, follow this procedure:
- Unplug your microwave, if you notice a fire inside your microwave it is important to immediately unplug it.
- Leave the microwave door closed, this will allow the fire to suffocate inside the microwave whereas opening the door may cause increased harm.
- Call for help, if there is any risk of the fire spreading, call the fire department immediately.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns microwave users to follow the manufactures instructions, avoid super-heated water, check for leakage, and to not use microwaves with the door open (if applicable). According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “During 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 7,100 home structure fires per year in which a microwave oven was involved in ignition.” Furthermore, these emergencies resulted in 150 civilian injuries and $31 million in direct property damage per year [f]. It was found that microwave ovens result in more emergency room scald burn injuries than any other cooking device. Ultimately, it was also discovered that children under the age of five are at a higher risk of scalds from incidents involving microwave ovens.