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Crock-Pot recalls nearly 1M multicookers due to burn hazard in pressure cooker mode

An issue with pressurization could lead to burns.


Certain Crock-Pots are being recalled. 

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Crock-Pot has recalled nearly 1 million of its 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers manufactured by Sunbeam over concerns that the lid may detach while in pressure cooker mode, potentially leading to burns. 

The recall, issued Tuesday, states that the appliance can pressurize even if the lid isn't totally locked, "posing burn risks to consumers from hot food and liquids ejected from the product," according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission

The CPSC advises owners to stop using the pressure cooker mode immediately, noting that it's still safe to slow cook and sauté with the appliance. "Consumers should contact Crock-Pot immediately to obtain a free replacement lid," the safety commission said.

Sunbeam couldn't immediately be reached for comment. 

In a post regarding the recall, Crock-Pot said, "All of our products are rigorously and routinely tested for consumer safety and are in full compliance with established industry standards." The company also said it's making two changes: It's updating the iconography on the lid and in the quick reference instructions, and it's taking steps to ensure the appliance won't start unless the lid is secured. 

The safety commission said there have been 119 reports of lid detachment, with 99 burns, ranging from first degree to third degree. 

The Crock-Pots in question were made from July 1, 2017, to Oct. 1, 2018, and sold through Walmart, Target, Amazon and other retailers. For more information, you can visit the CPSC's recall page for the product, as well as Crock-Pot's safety notice.

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