I have/had a Rowenta iron for quite a long time. I noticed the cord was kind of hot when I unplugged it today. It is in the garbage. I decided that I didn't want a fire like some of you have reported. A fire is one of the scariest things I can imagine and I told my DH that I didn't want to take a chance. He agreed with me. It has served me well, probably 5-7 years. I don't think I will get another Rowenta but something less expensive without a reputation for fires.