Whirlpool to recall 15,200 microwaves due to fire hazard issue: CPSC

August 25, 2016 12:19 PM EDT

The Whirlpool logo is seen outside their appliance manufacturing plant in Cleveland, Tennessee August 21, 2013. Picture taken August 21, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Berry


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(Reuters) - Whirlpool Corp (NYSE: WHR), the world's largest maker of home appliances, is recalling 15,200 Whirlpool brand microwaves due to a fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.

The formation of internal sparks when the product was being used could ignite a plastic component, posing a fire hazard, the CPSC said. (http://bit.ly/2bS7Qbw)

Whirlpool has so far received reports of five incidents, including one home fire, two fires involving the surrounding cabinet, one report of smoke and one report of a burning odor, the CPSC said.

(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)



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