GE Recalls Almost 145,000 Ranges Due to Tip-Over Hazard
Recalled ranges were sold under seven brand names, including GE, GE Profile, and Café
GE has recalled 132,000 electric and gas ranges in the U.S. and 12,960 more in Canada because the ranges can tip over if something heavy, such as a potful of food, is placed on an open oven door. The tip-overs can occur if the range’s anti-tip bracket is not secured properly or not installed at all. No injuries or incidents have been reported, according to the recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recalled ranges, which were sold under seven brand names, include both freestanding and slide-in models and were sold from May through July 2021 at major retailers (see details below).
All ranges are required to be sold with an anti-tip bracket. Every two weeks, on average, a child is killed from furniture, a TV, or an appliance tipping over. And while half the tip-over fatalities involving children happen in the bedroom, range tip-overs are not uncommon. In fact, stove/range tip-overs account for most of the incidents involving appliances, according to the CPSC. So even if your particular range is not part of this recall, you should make sure to use the anti-tip bracket.
Details of the GE Range Recall
The recall: The recall includes 30-inch, 24-inch, and 20-inch free-standing and slide-in electric and gas ranges, from seven brands: GE, GE Profile, Café, Haier, Hotpoint, Crosley, and Conservator.
The risk: The ranges can tip over when a heavy object is placed on an open oven door and the anti-tip bracket is not secured to the wall or floor, posing a tip-over hazard and risk of burn injuries from hot food or hot liquids contained in cookware.
Incidents/injuries: None reported.
How many: About 132,000 in the U.S. and 12,960 in Canada.
Where and when sold: The ranges were sold at Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other home improvement and home appliance stores nationwide and online from May 2021 through July 2021 for between $580 and $4,600, depending on the model.
The remedy: Consumers can continue to use the recalled ranges but are cautioned not to place any objects on the open oven door. Contact GE Appliances to determine whether your range is part of the recall and to schedule a free in-home service call to inspect the range’s anti-tip bracket and ensure that it is securely installed in the floor or wall.
Consumers should not return the recalled ranges to the place of purchase; retailers are not prepared to take the units back. The firm is contacting all known purchasers directly.
Contact information: For more information, call GE Appliances at 877-247-9770 or go to the recall section of GE’s website.
Report a hazardous product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to SaferProducts.gov.