Consumers are urged once again to be cautious of potential hazards in the kitchen. Last week, Target recalled nearly 150,000 Giada De Laurentiis lasagna pans after they received 39 reports of the handle breaking or cracking, resulting in six lacerations. Now, as another kitchen product is recalled, owners of LEM Products 5-Tray Food Dehydrators may have another hazard in their home that can cause serious or fatal injuries to their families.
Yesterday, Ohio-based LEM Products Distribution LLC issued a recall of their 5-Tray Food Dehydrator that was sold from August 2010 through February 2013 for approximately $160. Nationwide retailers such as Bass Pro shops, Gander Mountain, and Sportsman’s Warehouse sold the product, and consumers could also buy the dehydrator online at Amazon.com.
The recall includes approximately 14,600 dehydrators in the U.S. and an additional 100 dehydrators in Canada. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “the fan can fail causing the unit to overheat and pose a fire hazard.” The recalled dehydrators, which are gray and made of plastic and metal, include a panel complete with a digital timer, a temperature control knob, and a power switch.
Consumers should immediately check the label on the back of the dehydrator for the recalled 1009 model number. If consumers still have the packaging, they can also check the UPC code, which reads 734494010091 on recalled dehydrators. Consumers are urged to immediately stop use of the dehydrator, as LEM Products has already received two reports of fan failure that resulted in unit fires. No injuries have been reported in either country.
Consumers with recalled products can contact LEM Products Distribution at 877-536-7763 or online at www.lemproducts.com by clicking on the “Warranty & Recall” section at the bottom for further instructions. The company will send consumers paid postage to return the product for repair, in addition to a one-year extended warranty and a $10 company credit.