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Customers should stop using the recalled coffeemakers immediately and return the product to Wal-Mart for a full refund, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said in a release.
The items, which come in white and black and have programmable functions, were sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide and online at Walmart.com from March 2008 through January 2010. They cost $30.
To see if you have one of the recalled models, check the bottom of the base for model number 169164 or 169165.
Even if you bought the coffee maker online, you can return it to any Wal-Mart store for a full refund or store credit, a Wal-Mart customer-service representative said. Customers do not need to show receipts, though for online purchases they can be accessed and printed from the company's website.
Wal-Mart received 83 reports of “overheating, smoking, melting, burning, and fire,” according to the CPSC.
There were also three reports of customers burning their hands or feet as well as reports of damage to kitchen countertops or cabinets and one larger kitchen fire.
For more information, see Wal-Mart's press release or call its recall hotline at (800) 925-6278 weekdays between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. central time. To report a malfunction, contact the CPSC at (800) 638-2772.