Popular brands of air fryers and pressure cookers are overheating and malfunctioning, leading to serious burns, fires, and explosions
Air fryers and pressure cookers are hot kitchen appliances right now—in more ways than one.
The wildly popular appliances are flying off shelves. In the last two years, over 25 million have been sold in the U.S. alone. However, certain models are under recall for dangerous defects that are causing severe burns, fires, and explosions.
Keep reading to find out which air fryers and pressure cookers are under recall, what to do if yours is defective, and how to remain safe while operating these appliances.
What’s the difference between an air fryer and pressure cooker?
An air fryer is an amped-up countertop convection oven that uses hot air to make food crispy. The small appliance simulates “deep frying” without the oil.
Pressure cookers are designed to make short work of slow cook dishes. They are airtight cooking devices that cook food quickly using high-heat steam pressure that builds up inside.
Which air fryers and pressure cookers are under recall?
- Insignia Air Fryers are under recall due to the appliances catching fire, burning, or melting. Learn more here.
- Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Multi-Cookers are under recall due to lids detaching during use, resulting in an explosion of hot food or steam. Learn more here.
- Faberware 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cookers are under recall for flawed safety mechanisms that cause too much pressure to build up in the cooker, resulting in an explosion of hot food and steam. Learn more here.
Is your air fryer or pressure cooker recalled? Here’s what to do.
If your air fryer or pressure cooker has been recalled, stop using it immediately. Depending on which appliance you have, contact the manufacturer for information on reimbursement or replacement.
Important safety tips for using air fryers and pressure cookers
For air fryers
- Don’t overpack the food basket – Leave space between your food and the heating component in the air fryer—otherwise, you risk starting a fire.
- Unplug your air fryer after use – Once you’re done cooking, unplug your air fryer—it’s the safest way to make sure all heating components stay off and don’t accidentally start-up.
- Use oil very sparingly – Use only the amount of cooking oil as recommended in recipes and be sure to mix the oil with the other ingredients before placing them in the fryer. Oil can’t be put inside the fryer basket separately or the unit might overheat and ignite.
- Don’t place objects on your air fryer – The external parts of an air fryer can get very hot and covering sections of the air fryer can cause it to overheat.
- Give your air fryer 5 inches of ventilation space – Air fryers release heat through vents at the top and/or back. If you put the appliance too close to a surface, like a wall or overhead cabinet, the air fryer can overheat. Allow at least 5 inches of ventilation space around your air fryer.
For pressure cookers
- Don’t fill the cooker to the top – Only place food and liquid in two-thirds of the pressure cooker to avoid blocking the vents. Remember, grains, rice and beans swell when cooking.
- Add enough liquid – Pressure cookers need liquid to create steam. If you don’t add enough liquid, steam can’t build, and the pressure cooker could overheat.
- Don’t force the lid open – When releasing pressure, protect your hands with potholders and be sure your face and body are away from the steam vent. Standing too close can result in burns.
- Replace the sealing ring when necessary – The sealing ring is one of the most vulnerable parts of a pressure cooker and how most people are injured. Regularly inspect the seal of your cooker for cracks and replace when needed.
- Do not use oil – Pressure cookers are not fryers. Adding oil to a pressure cooker can result in overheating, fires, and severe burns.
What to do if you are injured by an air fryer or pressure cooker in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach or Okeechobee?
The personal injury attorneys at Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd can help.
Throughout Florida, dozens of reports of people being seriously injured by air fryers and pressure cookers are resulting in major lawsuits. If you or a loved one are injured by an air fryer, pressure cooker, or a defective/recalled kitchen appliance, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills and other expenses.
The only way to know for sure if you have a personal injury case is to speak with our experienced Treasure Coast personal injury attorneys. We can either speak with you over the phone or meet in person at one of our four Treasure Coast offices in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, or Okeechobee.
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