Everyone loves their crockpot. After all, it’s so much easier to make recipes when you can simply set it and forget it in the crockpot! However, they’re not without their issues. Case in point: a recent recall issued by Sunbeam, with safety concerns over their product’s potential to cause burns. The recall affects over 900,000 Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission released a statement about the recall, noting that an issue in the product’s design makes it possible for the interior to pressurize before the lid is fully locked into place. This, in turn, can cause the lid to be blown off of the device, which could spew steam and hot food into the area around the device. As one might imagine, this poses a serious burn risk to people around the device.
Sunbeam has received at least 119 official reports of their crockpots pressurizing without the lid being fully locked into place. Nearly 100 of those cases resulted in injuries ranging in severity from first- to third-degree burns, according to an official statement from the CPSC. The recall affects nearly one million units across the United States and Canada, and owners of Sunbeam crock pots are urged to desist from their use as pressure cookers immediately.
The Sunbeam crock pots in question were sold through retailers like Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Target. They ranged in price from $70 to $100, and are marked with date codes K196JN through K365JN and L001JN through L273JN. Those codes can be found on the base of the device or on one of the electrical prongs of the wall plug.
The CPSC confirmed that people who own these units can safely continue to use them in modes that aren’t pressure cooking related. Slow cooking and sautéing, for instance, will remain safe. This is because such usage modes don’t involve pressurizing the interior of the device or using the lid to keep that pressure locked in the device.
Those who contact Sunbeam about the recall will be provided a new lid for their device free of charge. According to the CPSC, if you do plan to use the device in pressure cooker mode, it’s vital that you make sure the lid is secured and locked in. The lid should be securely turned so that the arrow on the lid is completely aligned with the lock symbol engraved on the device’s base.