CPSC, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Announce Recall of Slow Cookers

January 13, 2005
Release # 05-085
Wal-Mart Recall Hotline: (888) 293-3343
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


CPSC, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Announce Recall of Slow Cookers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: GE Oval and Double Dish Slow Cookers

Units: 600,000

Importer: Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex Inc., of Glen Allen, Va.

Distributor: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Hazard: The handles on the base of the slow cookers can break, posing a risk of burns from hot food spilling onto consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Hamilton Beach and Wal-Mart have received 531 reports of handles breaking, including four reports of consumers who were burned by hot food.

Description: The recalled slow cookers include the 4.5-Quart Oval and 6-Quart Double Dish models sold under the General Electric (GE) brand name. The model name is printed on the front of the units. The 4.5-quart unit has model number 106661 and the 6-quart unit has model number 106851. Both models have series codes A through D, which are printed on the bottom along with the model number. The base of the slow cookers is white with an olive or honeysuckle graphic.

Sold exclusively at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from August 2000 through December 2002 for about $25 (4.5-quart model) and $35 (6-quart model).

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact Wal-Mart to receive a replacement slow cooker base.

Consumer Contact: Call the Wal-Mart Slow Cooker Recall Hotline toll-free at (888) 293-3343 anytime or go to www.walmart.com

Picture of Recalled Slow Cooker

Picture of Recalled Slow Cooker