After reports of overheating and fires, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Sunbeam Products Inc. are now recalling about 5,700 convertible clothes irons. The defective Sunbeam irons suffer from a wiring defect that allows them to overheat, thus posing a fire hazard to unsuspecting consumers.
The Sunbeam® Convertible Irons highlighted in this recall can be identified by its model number of GCSBRS – 103, which can be found on the iron’s plastic base. Each iron is blue and gray in color and can convert into a garment steamer as necessary. The date code of the recalled iron, which is located on the blade of the plug and on the bottom of the iron’s packaging, is C235 or C237.
Before the iron recall was announced, Sunbeam and CPSC were made aware of 17 reports of irons overheating, as well as three incidents involving the irons catching fire. No injuries or deaths have been linked to the Sunbeam iron recall.
From June 2010 until November 2010, the recalled irons were exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond locations across the nation. The recalled irons were priced at about $60 and manufactured in China.
Consumers in possession of one or more of the recalled irons should immediately stop using the product until they have contacted Sunbeam regarding a free replacement iron.
For more information on the iron recall, contact Sunbeam directly at 800-656-9708 anytime or visit the company’s website at www.sunbeamconvertible.com.