Sharp Microwave Recall: What Happened?
The Sharp Corporation was recalled from the market in March 2013 due to possible safety issues with its microwave ovens. The company had sold approximately 1 million units of these devices since their introduction in 1998.
In November 2014, the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it would not approve any new Sharp model manufactured after September 2010 because they were found to have defective parts.
The CPSC did not reveal the exact number of units affected or how many consumers might have been exposed to potential health risks. However, the agency stated that “the number of potentially affected customers could be significant.”
According to the CPSC, the problem stems from a manufacturing defect in which metal shavings are released into the cooking chamber during heating. These shards can enter the food and cause illness if ingested.
They also pose a risk to workers handling or working near them.
There are two types of Sharp microwave ovens that may contain this issue: Model 905A and Model 906A. Models 904B and 907B do not contain this issue.
The 905A measures about 20 inches by 16 inches by 12 inches and the 906A is a bit smaller at about 18 inches by 16 inches by 12 inches.
How to Identify a Defective Sharp Microwave?
The CPSC produced a guide to help identify the issue:
Look for metal shards in the area near the wave guide cover. The wave guide cover is located at the top of the microwave.
Look for a small hole that is about one-sixteenth of an inch in diameter. The hole could have a blackish appearance.
If you see a hole, disassemble the microwave and check for metal shards inside.
If you find metal shards, do not touch them because they could be contaminated. Using gloves, place the metal shards in a sealed bag and contact Sharp immediately.
Who is Affected?
The CPSC states that the following Sharp microwave oven owners are at a higher risk of exposure to the metal shards:
Owners who have repeatedly used the warming feature.
Owners who use the melt butter or melt ice cream features.
Owners who worked in a professional kitchen prior to owning the microwave.
Individuals over age 40.
As the CPSC stated, the total number of microwave ovens that are potentially defective is unknown. As a result, it’s not known exactly how many people could be exposed to the metal shards.
What to Do if You Have One of the Microwaves?
The CPSC recommends that you immediately stop using your microwave oven and contact Sharp to have it replaced. The CPSC also recommends that you do not attempt to fix the problem yourself.
Is There a Sharp Recalls Lawsuit?
At this time, there is no word on whether anyone has filed an injury claim against Sharp.
Sharp Recalls: Why Should I Care?
There are several potential dangers relating to this matter. The CPSC states that the presence of metal shards could lead to injuries such as cuts and burns. Ingesting metal shards could lead to internal bleeding and long-term health problems.
If you’ve been hurt by a dangerous or defective product, you should speak with a knowledgeable defective product attorney who will explain your legal options.
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