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January 30, 1995

Release # 95-070
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC, Rival Announce Electric Crock Grill Replacement Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rival of Kansas City, Mo., announced today a program to replace heating elements on about 1.1 million Rival electric crock grills. The heating elements on model 5740 and 5750 indoor electric grills, which were not sealed during production, can expose consumers to electric shock.

To date, Rival has received 13 consumer complaints of electric shock and three retailer-returned grills that leaked electrical current.

The Rival electric grills sold from January 1990 to December 1993 for about $20 each in retail stores nationwide. Both models contain a chrome-plated 11 inch steel grill, a heating element and a support bar, however, the model 5740 has a steel base, while the model 5750 has a stoneware base. Heating elements stamped with an "E" before the part number (see diagram) are not included in this replacement program.

Owners of model 5740 and 5750 grills should stop using them immediately and contact Rival at (800) 557-4825 for assistance in identfying the element and replacing it, if necessary. Rival will instruct owners on how to remove one of the two end pins of the recalled element. Upon receiving the returned end pin, Rival will provide consumers a free replacement heating element.

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 press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to