By Patrick Avenell
Woolworths has instituted yet another recall on its Abode house brand — its sixth in two years — after learning that a convection oven sold through its Big W stores “may ignite and catch fire”.
The Abode Convection Oven (HG-A11) was sold nationally between 11 April 2012 and 12 September 2012.
According to the ACCC’s dedicated Product Recalls website, “The internal wire connectors may come into contact with the plastic enclosure, creating a potential fire hazard”.
Affected consumers are advised to immediately stop using the oven and to return it to any Big W store for a full refund.
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Empirically, Woolworths has the worst product recall record in Australia, while Abode is the most recalled brand in Australia. The Abode brand’s recent history includes:
25 May 2011: Abode 2000W Oscillating Fan Heater (NFE20O) is recalled because "the affected units could potentially cause smoke, fumes and fire".
10 October 2011: Abode Multi-Functional Blender (HY-6068A-1) is recalled because "if damaged, the rubber seal may possibly mix with food and pose an ingestion hazard".
12 March 2012: Abode 2000W Oscillating Fan Heater (NFE20O) is recalled again because "incorrect internal crimping may result in the wiring and crimp connector overheating, causing a fire hazard".
10 July 2012: Abode 3L Stainless Steel Deep Fryer (DF30BW) is recalled because "the handles may detach if the product is lifted while containing oil, possibly causing serious burn injuries if hot oil splashes on the user or bystanders".
9 August 2012: Abode Electric Blanket (BA111/211/212) is recalled because “the control cord may fatigue and cause an internal short circuit or overheating”.
Current.com.au has previously called Woolworths to account for this in an Open Letter To Woolworths CEO Grant O’Brien.