Recall of Crock-Pot issues due to faulty lids and risk of burns

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The Crock-Pot drama returns.

More than two years after the NBC drama It’s us shook our faith in an otherwise harmless kitchen appliance, it looks like Crock-Pot is now the subject of a recall over a number of real-world incidents involving a faulty model of one of its appliances. It is estimated that 914,430 Crock-Pot Express Crock 6L Multi-Cookers are being recalled in the United States due to a potential risk of burns. According to United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the device can come under pressure when the lid is not properly locked, which, according to the agency, “can cause the lid to come off suddenly during use of the product, which presents a risk of burns to the body. consumers by hot food and liquids ejected from the product. “

Two or 200 years ago It’s us fans shocked by revealing the cause of death of protagonist Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia), who died – I think we can freely discuss this now – by the Crock-Pot fire (or the complications of that fire, to be more precise). By the time the show aired the episode in 2018, Crock-Pot went on the defensive in a declaration who claimed that in “nearly 50 years with over 100 million Crock-Pots sold, we have never received any consumer complaints similar to the fictitious events depicted in last night’s episode. In fact, the safety and design of our product make this type of event almost impossible. “

This week, however, the CPSC said manufacturer Sunbeam Products had received 119 reports of the lid of a Crock-Pot coming off, resulting in at least 99 injuries involving first to third degree burns. It’s not exactly the same as setting fire to a fictitious house, of course. But it could really burn you and not a fictional dad who likes booths and football, and buddy, it’s pretty close.

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for Crock-Pot’s parent company, Newell Brands, told Gizmodo that all of its devices “are rigorously and regularly tested for consumer safety and fully comply with established standards of industry. However, Crock-Pot has identified that the lids of the Crock-Pot Express Crock 6 Quart Multicooker can come off during use if not used according to the owner’s manual. The spokesperson said an analysis identified “three common abuses” that could lead to the lid problem, including the Crock-Pot filling line being overshot, not properly locking the lid, and improper use of the quick-release valve.

“We have made two changes to improve our consumers’ experience with this product based on their feedback,” the company said. “First, we developed a new cover with updated iconography and quick reference instructions to help avoid these common abuses. Second, we have made design changes to the new cover that prevent the unit from starting until the cover is properly secured. “

It is a relief. At the start of last year, Gizmodo actually tested the Crock-Pot now subject to recall. We pitted it against other pressure cookers and found that while it pressured itself quickly and put the best sear on the meat, it also had an unsettling inability to maintain a joint.

Owners of the Crock-Pot in question – which was manufactured between July 1, 2017 and October 1, 2018 and bears the model number SCCPPC600-V1 – should immediately stop using the device in pressure cooker mode, the said. agency. (The devices will also have date codes from K196JN to K365JN or L001JN to L273JN.) The agency added, however, that using the Crock-Pot for slow cooking and stir-frying is always good. Consumers are encouraged to contact the company directly for a replacement cover.

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