Plumber's Death Prompts Recall of Electric Ranges Due to Shock and Electrocution Hazards
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Plumber's Death Prompts Recall of Electric Ranges Due to Shock and Electrocution Hazards

The ranges may become energized, posing electric shock and electrocution hazards

May 23, 2017

Arçelik A.S. has recalled 6,300 Blomberg and Summit electric ranges due to shock and electrocution hazards following the death of a plumber in August 2016.

Because a screw was not installed on the affected ranges to secure the grounding strap during the manufacturing process, the ranges can become energized, posing a risk of electric shock and electrocution to anyone who touches the range.

The affected ranges include Blomberg BERU 24200 SS, BERU 24100 SS, and Summit CLRE24 24-inch wide freestanding glass-top electric ranges. They were sold in stainless steel and black. There is a label located on the range's lower frame including the brand name Blomberg or Summit, as well as the model name and number BERU 24200 SS, BERU 24100 SS, or CLRE24 and a 10-digit serial number.

The following serial numbers are affected by the recall:

  • 12 XXXXXX XX
  • 15 XXXXXX XX
  • 16 XXXXXX 03
  • 16 XXXXXX 06
  • 13 XXXXXX XX
  • 16 XXXXXX 01
  • 16 XXXXXX 04
  • 16 XXXXXX 07
  • 14 XXXXXX XX
  • 16 XXXXXX 02
  • 16 XXXXXX 05
  • 16 XXXXXX 08

The recalled ranges were sold by AJ Madison, State Street Discount, and other stores across the U.S., as well as online at Amazon, from October 2012 until March 2017. They sold for between $1,000 and $1,500.

In August 2016, a professional plumber in New Hampshire died due to electrocution after coming into contact with an energized range and a grounded object. As a result, consumers are urged to stop using the ranges immediately and avoid all direct contact with them until the electricity supply has been shut off. They should then contact Arçelik A.S. to schedule a free on-site inspection and repair.

For more information, consumers can reach the company at (877) 271-1489.