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
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
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.
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15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous
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