NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT) recalled approximately 250,000 General Electric food processors Wednesday based on findings that they pose both a laceration and fire risk, the U.S. Product Safety Commission said.
The recall involves GE-branded digital, 14-cup food processors, which are black with a stainless steel trim and have the model number 169203 imprinted underneath the unit. They were sold exclusively at Walmarts nationwide and on Walmart.com from September 2009 through February 2011 for about $50.
According to the CPSC, the safety interlock system on the food processor can fail and using the machine without a secured lid can cut the user. Additionally, the product can emit smoke or even catch fire, posing a burn risk.
Wal-Mart said it has received a total of 58 incident reports: 21 reports on lidless operation of the food processors resulted in injuries to the fingertips and three of the 34 reports of a smoking unit led to fires.
Consumers are being advised to stop using the food processors immediately and return them to their local Walmart for a full refund. Those with questions can contact Wal-Mart customer service toll free at (877) 207-0923 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website.
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