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April 8, 1997

Release # 97-097
CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, K-Tel International (USA) Inc. Announce Recall to Replace Food Dehydrators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), K-Tel International (USA) Inc. of Plymouth, Minn., is announcing a replacement program for 75,000 food dehydrators. The food dehydrator can overheat, presenting a fire hazard.

K-Tel is aware of nine incidents resulting in seven fires. One person was injured by smoke inhalation.

The recall program involves the Deluxe Dehydrator with Fan, model no. 80043. The round, white plastic appliance measures 13 inches in diameter with a 3-inch thick base and a gray plastic lid. The base is labeled in part, "K-TEL...Style No. LD 1010..." The base is stacked with five trays with holes in the center. Each tray contains a gray plastic tray on which fruit, vegetables, or meat can be dried.

Retail stores and telemarketers sold the dehydrators nationwide from October 1993 to December 1995 for $30 to $40.

Consumers who own the K-Tel Food Dehydrator with Fan, model no. 80043, should stop using it immediately. In order to obtain a free replacement dehydrator without a fan or a comparable product, consumers should contact K-Tel at (800) 462-5292 or write the company at 2605 Fernbrook Ave. North, Plymouth, MN 55447.

K-Tel has already notified consumers who purchased the recalled food dehydrator through telemarketing. This notice is being issued to inform consumers who purchased the food dehydrator at retail stores about the recall program.

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 report product hazards to