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200,000 Frigidaire and Kenmore Smoothtop Electric Ranges Recalled

About 200,000 Frigidaire and Kenmore Smoothtop Electric Ranges have been recalled due to fire hazard. Depending on the model, the surface heating elements can: 1) turn on spontaneously without being switched on; 2) fail to turn off after being switched off; or, 3) heat to different temperatures than selected. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Frigidaire has received 126 reports of incidents, including four reports of minor burns and two reports of minor property damage.

This recall involves Frigidaire, Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Professional and Kenmore Elite smoothtop electric ranges with rotary knobs and digital displays. They were sold at Sears and other national chain and independent retailers nationwide from June 2001 through August 2009 for between $1,000 and $2,500.To see a list of the model and serial numbers included in the recall, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09333.html.

Consumers should stop using the recalled ranges immediately and contact Frigidaire or Sears to schedule a free repair. For additional information, contact Frigidaire at (800) 449-9812 between 8 a.m. and midnight ET Monday through Saturday or visit the firm's recall Web site at www.smoothtoprangerecall.com. Consumers who purchased their products at Sears should call Sears at (800) 449-9810 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recall product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09333.html.

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