About 7,460 Slow Cookers sold by Burlington Coat Factory, of Burlington, N.J. and importered by Lehrhoff ABL, of Carlstadt, N.J. have been recalled. The slow cooker’s control panel can overheat and melt, posing a fire hazard. The manufacturer has received 60 reports of the control panels smoking, melting and sparking, and three reports of panels catching fire. Fourteen incidents resulted in minor damage to countertops. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves Bella Kitchen 5-quart programmable slow cookers. The slow cookers are black with “Bella Kitchen” printed on the control panel.
Only slow cookers with model number WJ-5000DE and date codes 0907 or 0909 are included in this recall. The model number and the four-digit date code are printed on a label on the underside of the product. The slow cookers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory stores from June 2010 through December 2010 for $20. Consumers should stop using the slow cooker immediately, unplug it and return the slow cooker to Burlington Coat Factory for a full refund or store credit. For additional information, contact Burlington Coat Factory toll-free at (888) 223-2628 or visit the firm’s website at www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com.
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