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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September  16, 1997

Release # 97-189
CPSC: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219

CPSC, Tema Dis Ticaret Announce Recall of Multifunction Ovens

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tema Dis Ticaret of Izmir, Turkey, is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 Teba brand multifunction ovens. The heating elements could accumulate moisture and cause electrical current to leak, presenting a potential shock hazard.

CPSC and Tema are not aware of any injuries involving these ovens. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Only Teba ovens with model number TFM-5 and a 1996 date code are involved in this recall. To determine if your Teba brand oven is involved, check the model number and date code on the back panel of the unit. The model number appears on a silver tag/plate immediately below the UL symbol. The date code appears on a white sticker above the serial number. The oven is a multifunction cooking appliance that bakes, broils, grills and toasts food. The unit is white and measures about 16 inches wide, 11 inches deep and 9.5 inches high. The brand name "Teba" is written on the front of the unit.

The ovens are packaged in a carton labeled in part, "Teba Cooking System." There is a picture of the oven on the carton.

Department and discount stores, home supply centers, catalogs and QVC (a home shopping television program) sold the ovens nationwide from April 1996 through July 1997 for about $150.

Consumers should stop using the ovens immediately and call Tema's U.S. distributor, Aisenstein & Gordon Inc., collect (cost charged to company) at (609) 662-9324 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday to arrange to return the oven for a refund or replacement. Tema will pay all postage costs. Consumers also can contact Aisenstein & Gordon Inc. at 75C Twinbridge Drive, Pennsauken, NJ 08110.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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