WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Sensio, Inc., of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, today announced a voluntary recall of the Bella Kitchen 5-quart programmable slow cooker. The slow cooker’s control panel can overheat and melt, posing a fire hazard.
The recall affects about 25,000 units, which were manufactured in China. Sensio has received 60 reports of the control panels of the slow cookers smoking, melting and sparking and three reports of panels catching fire. Fourteen incidents resulted in minor damage to countertops. No injuries have been reported.
Only slow cookers with model number WJ-5000DE and date codes 0907 or 0909 are included in this recall. The slow cookers are black and “Bella Kitchen” is marked on the control panel. The model number and the four-digit date code are printed on a label on the underside.
The slow cookers were sold exclusively at Kohl’s Department stores from July 2009 through December 2009 for between $20 and $40.
Consumers should stop using the slow cooker immediately, unplug it and contact Sensio for information on receiving a full refund. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
For additional information, contact Sensio toll-free at (888) 296-9675 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.acbpromotions.com/sensiorecall
To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10328.html