- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2003

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) — Maytag Corp., of Newton, Iowa, Thursday recalled 23,000 Gemini gas ranges because they can experience a delayed ignition flashback fire in the upper oven, posing a fire and burn hazard.

Maytag said it has received nine reports of flashback fires, including three minor burn injuries and incidents where consumers suffered singed hair or clothing.

The recall involves all Maytag Gemini Gas Ranges that are free standing, have separate upper and lower ovens and come in white, black, bisque and a stainless finish. The recall involves model No. MGR6772 and units beginning with a serial number with the alpha characters AJ through AX or CA through CC.

Retail appliance stores nationwide sold the ranges from July through February for between $1,300 and $1,500.

Consumers are advised to stop using the upper oven self-clean and broil features and not use the upper oven simultaneously with the lower oven. Contact Maytag at 866-580-9177 to arrange for a free, in-home repair. For more information, see maytag.com.

Also, Hitachi Koki U.S.A. Ltd. of Norcross, Ga., recalled 14,300 circular saws because the lower blade guards can stick in the open position, exposing the blade and posing a serious laceration hazard.

Hitachi said has received no reports of injuries but has received two reports from consumers of the lower guards sticking.

The recall involves 7 1/4-inch circular saws with model Nos. C7SB2 or C7BD2 and serial numbers that begin with C62, C72, C82, C92, C02 or CN2.

The saws have been sold by home centers, hardware stores and industrial suppliers nationwide since August for between $90 and $100.

Consumers are advised to stop using the saws immediately and return them to Hitachi for a free repair. For more information, call 800-706-7337.

OWT Industries Inc. of Pickens, S.C. and Sears Roebuck and Co. of Hoffman Estates, Ill., recalled 5,200 electric routers used in woodworking because the on-off switch can stick in the "on" position, posing a risk of serious lacerations to the operator and bystanders.

Sears said it has not received any reports of injuries or incidents and the recall is precautionary.

This recall involves Craftsman routers, model No. 315.17510 with date codes of A3025 or lower.

Sears sold the routers nationwide between November and January for about $60.

Consumers are advised to stop using the routers and return them to Sears for a product exchange. For more information, call 800-932-3188 or visit sears.com.

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