Wal-Mart GE coffee maker recalled for fire risk

Posted May 20, 2010 at 5:47 a.m.

coffemaker_GE_169164_Walmart.jpgAssociated Press | Nearly 1 million General Electric coffee
makers sold at Walmart are being recalled after dozens of reports of
overheating, smoking, burning and fires.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall
Thursday, said Walmart has received 83 complaints about the GE-branded
coffee maker, including three reports of minor burns to consumers’

The reports of property damage include a significant kitchen fire and damage to countertops, cabinets and a wall, said the CPSC.

The recall involves about 900,000 GE 12-cup digital coffee makers sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide.

The coffee makers, with the GE logo printed on the base, were sold in white or black from March 2008 through January of this year. The model numbers involved are 169164 and 169165.

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using these coffee makers and return them to any Walmart for a full refund.



  1. Aida Levine May 20, 2010 at 7:02 a.m.

    Thanks for letting us know. I bought a 2pc carbon broiler #48552-12147, for my oven at Bed,Bath,Beyond.
    The top of the broiler is bigger than the buttom,so when taking it out of the broiler,which happen twice, I was left holding the top and the buttom fell right out of my hands into my oven which picked up the spill of hot grease. I thanked GOD for an angel not to have been burnt. But I know this is a dangerous product. .The company is Denmark,from CArson , CA retail 14.99, but I hope this product is pulled off the shelves………..please look into this Consumer Product Safety Com.
    Thank you, let’s save a life.

  2. Florida Jim May 20, 2010 at 8:27 a.m.

    Perhaps at next weeks meeting in the oval office Obama can lean across and say to his buddy Jeff Immelt, “you are making me look bad with your shoddy products”. Jeff might respond with “don’t worry I am having an “Obama” day at all my media locations that will remind everyone that we ate NBC are the new Pravda” Jeff continues “please don’t take me off the panel before we ram Cap& Trade down their throats, which will save my job”. I’m just sayin’.

  3. Chris May 20, 2010 at 8:52 a.m.

    GE didn’t make this. Back in the 90s they sold the consumer products division to Thomsen, I think, but had to include rights to the GE brand to make the deal attractive to the buyer.

  4. Innocent III May 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    When you imagine the GE brandname, you should realize that it has many different owners– depending on the type of product.
    If it’s a GE brand small appliance, then it is a Wal-Mart store brand.
    If it’s a GE brand consumer electronics product, then it’s a house brand of Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc.
    If it’s a Consumer Electonics Accessory (computer mouse, usb hub, web cam; universal remote control, telephone accessory, cord, etc.) then it’s from Jasco Products Company.
    In short, these are licensed products, made to sell under the GE brand name. In some cases the license is exclusive, and in others it is not. But, it’s not as though these products are assembled in a big building with the GE “meatball” symbol outside.

  5. JimS May 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    GE sold the Housewares Division to Black and Decker in 1984. Black and Decker subsequently sold its Housewares business to Windmere-Durable Holdings Inc. in 1998.
    In 2000, GE reentered the housewares business with the products available exclusively through Wal-Mart.

  6. Janice Ledbetter May 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I have a GE coffee maker and the model is 169209.Is it safe to use it.It is a 12 cups? Thank you, Janice

  7. Agustina Seth June 17, 2010 at 11:46 a.m.

    Keep up the good work buddy!