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|Release # 94-010
Sunbeam-Oster Voluntarily Recalls Certain
Electric Indoor Grills
PRODUCT: Approximately 4,500 Sunbeam-Oster
Household Products' discontinued 1,000-watt electric indoor grills with the gray
"Nu-Stone" plastic base. The grills were sold between September 1992 and June
1993. Affected grills have a "1,000-watt" designation and the number
"E992" stamped on the portion of the grill's heating element that attaches to
the variable temperature control.
PROBLEM: The grill can cause grease fires if users repeatedly grill food containing a high
fat content without emptying accumulated grease between batches. The company has received
four returns to date due to smoking of the indoor grills; no grease fires or injuries have
WHAT TO DO: Consumers who purchased the 1,000-watt indoor grills are urged to discontinue
use and return them to Sunbeam-Oster for a replacement or a refund (at the consumer's
option). For more information, consumers should call 1-800-986-0008.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Sunbeam-Oster Household Products, Schaumburg, IL, in cooperation with
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), today announced the voluntary recall
of its discontinued 1,000-watt electric indoor grill with the gray Nu-Stone plastic base,
which can cause grease fires under certain circumstances. The affected grills were sold
between September 1992 and June 1993. The recall does not involve any other Sunbeam or
Oster grills or products.
The recall is limited to the 1,000-watt variable temperature electric indoor grills with
the gray Nu-Stone plastic base and patented "Griffo" porcelain grid, model
numbers 4757 (Sunbeam brand) and 4772 (Oster brand). The Sunbeam brand sold for about
$30.00 and the Oster brand sold for about $45.00.
Sunbeam-Oster no longer manufactures the 1000-watt indoor grill with gray Nu-Stone base.
Current versions are sold with an 800-watt element.
The company believes that while the product is not defective, repeatedly grilling food
containing a high fat content without emptying accumulated grease between batches could
cause a fire.
Consumers who purchased the 1,000-watt indoor grills are urged to discontinue use and
return them to Sunbeam-Oster, which will (at the consumer's option) either replace the
unit with a new 800-watt version of the grill or refund the full purchase price.
To assist consumers, Sunbeam-Oster has established a toll- free number, 1-800-986-0008,
which owners of the 1,000-watt indoor grills are urged to call. The company will send
prepaid return mailing cartons to indoor grill owners.
About 6,600 indoor grills were shipped to retailers in September 1992 and fewer than 4,500
grills remain in the hands of consumers. To date, the company has received four returns
due to smoking of the indoor grills. No injuries have been reported.
The grills being recalled are the 1,000-watt indoor electric grills with a gray Nu-Stone
base. Owners of Sunbeam or Oster brand indoor grills can determine whether their grill is
being recalled by looking for the 1,000-watt designation and the number E992 stamped on
the portion of the grill's heating element that attaches to the variable temperature
The Recall Applies Only to 1,000 Watt Sunbeam-Oster Electric Indoor Grills with Gray
Plastic Nu-Stone Bases
CPSC is joining in the announcement of this recall as part of its mission to protect the
public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The
Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths
associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
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