General Electric is recalling about 244,000 defective GE Profile, Kenmore and Monogram wall ovens. The defective wall ovens could pose a risk of fire and burn injuries to consumers, according to this news report on Consumeraffairs.com. The high level of heat used during the self-clean cycle can escape if the wall oven door is removed and incorrectly reattached by the installer or the consumer. This can result in a fire injury hazard to consumers.

GE has issued the product recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which has also issued a consumer alert about these defective GE wall ovens. A complete list of the recalled models is also listed in this consumer alert. CPSC reports that so far it has not received any reports of personal injury. Although there have already been 28 incident reports of property damage in which adjacent kitchen cabinets were burned or damaged.

These ovens were manufactured in the United States and sold by home builders and appliance stores nationwide from October 2002 through December 2004 for between $900 and $3,600. Consumers who own these defective ovens are asked to immediately inspect the oven to ensure they don’t have an incorrectly reattached wall oven door. If it is incorrectly reattached, consumers should not use the self-clean cycle and immediately contact GE for a free repair. Those who need more information are asked to call GE toll-free at 1-888-569-1588 or visit the company’s Web site at www.GEAppliances.com.

Consider some of these fire accident statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control:
• On average in the United States in 2006, someone died in a fire about every 162 minutes and someone was injured every 32 minutes
• Four out of five U.S. fire deaths in 2005 occurred in homes
• In 2006, fire departments responded to 412,000 home fires in the United States, which claimed the lives of 2,580 people not including firefighters and injured another 12,925 people
• Cooking is the primary cause of residential fires

I hope GE is able to get the word out to consumers about this serious product defect before people are injured. The challenge for many product manufacturers who issue such recalls is to make sure that consumers who own their products hear about the recalls. If you own one of these dangerous and defective ovens, please do not use it until it has been thoroughly inspected and if necessary, repaired. If you have been injured by one of these defective ovens, or any other defective household product, I’d like to hear about it.