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LG Electronics recalling 161,000 stoves

Nov. 11, 2012 at 2:02 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- South Korean appliance manufacturer LG Electronics Inc. is recalling 161,000 electric ranges because of a burn and fire hazard, a U.S. watchdog agency says.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a release posted on its website this week that burners on the stoves can fail to turn off after being switched off and the temperature setting can increase unexpectedly during use.

LG Electronics, which is voluntarily recalling the stoves, has received 80 reports of instances of problems with the burners. No fires or injuries have been reported, the consumer protection agency said.

The stoves were sold at Best Buy, Home Depot, Sears and regional appliance retailers nationwide from January 2006 to June 2010 for between $800 and $1,999 each.

The agency recommends owners of the affected electric ranges should stop using them immediately unless otherwise instructed. Consumers are instructed to contact LG to schedule a free in-home repair.

The agency also noted it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The recalled ranges involve models LRE30451, LRE30453, LRE30755, LRE30757, and LRE30955ST. They were sold in black, white and stainless steel and with a smooth black ceramic glass top cooking surface.

The recalled ranges have serial numbers starting with 512, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612, 701, 702, 703, 704, 705, 706, 707, 708, 709, 710, 711, 712, 801, 802, 803, 804, 805, 806, 807, 808, 809, 810, 901, 902, 903, 904, 905, and 906.

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