The holiday season isn’t the best time to learn that your favorite express cooker has been recalled, especially when there’s not enough time in the day to cook the meals you are craving the most. Millions of people have been relying on express cookers to help feed their families during the Coronavirus pandemic.
With children being homeschooled and many people working from home, an express cooker is a convenient appliance to have in the kitchen. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recently recalled the Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Cookers sold by Sunbeam Products because of potential burn hazards.
Details of the recall
According to the recall announcement from the CPSC, the units involved in the recall were manufactured between the dates of July 1, 2017, and October 1, 2018. The model number is SCCPPC600-V1 and it can be found on the label affixed to the bottom of the appliance. The date codes impacted by the recall are as follows:
- K196JN through K365JN
- L001JN through L273JN
Date codes are found on a prong of the plug and on the bottom of the appliance. They are usually engraved so they do not wear off with use.
The recall noted that the unit can still be used, but only for sauteing and slow cooking. The units should no longer be used in the pressure cooking mode. Consumers should contact Sunbeam Products immediately and request a replacement lid. The entire unit is not being replaced because the lid has been found to detach from the unit when used in the pressure cooking mode.
If you must use the unit in the pressure cooking mode while waiting for a replacement lid, the CPSC recommends that you check that the lid is properly secured. This is done by aligning the arrow found on the lid with the lock symbol that is on the base of the unit.
The recall was issued because Sunbeam Products had received 119 complaints of lids detaching from the units while being used for pressure cooking. These incidents led to 99 burn injuries that ranged in severity from first-degree to third-degree. If you were burned using one of these pressure cookers, you can report the incident to the CPSC using this link.
Where were these pressure cookers sold?
The pressure cookers included in this recall were sold at brick-and-mortar stores Walmart and Target, among others. They were also available for purchase online through Amazon. They were sold between July 2017 and November 2020 and ranged in price from $70 to $100. As mentioned earlier, only the lid is being replaced by Sunbeam Products and not the entire unit.
After reporting the incident to the CPSC, you should contact the attorneys at Plattner Verderame, P.C. to discuss your case. We understand the laws surrounding defective products that protect consumers such as yourself. Call our office at 602-266-2002 or complete a contact form online to schedule a consultation. We operate offices in Phoenix and Tempe to better serve our clients.
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