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Three Popular Kitchen Items Recalled This Month


Populare Kitchen Items Recalled

The Instant Pot Smart and Smart-60 electric pressure cookers are among several popular kitchen items recalled over safety issues this month. If you love to cook up new recipes, or simply enjoy eating them, you likely spend lots of time in your kitchen. Take note – three popular kitchen items have been recalled this month over risks of laceration, burns and even electrical shock.

Boca Raton, FL-based Epoca International has issued a recall of some 113,000 glass whistling kettles, warning that the bottom portion of glass vessel can break when heated and the contents can spill, posing laceration and burn hazards. This far, the company has received nine reports of incidents that resulted in three injuries and property damage. Affected models are numbered PTKG-4420 (featuring a green plastic handle and whistling stopper lid) and PTKB-4420 (with a black plastic handle and lid). Canada’s Instant Pot has recalled 1,000 Smart and Smart-60 electric pressure cookers sold throughout the United State after three reports of users being shocked while using them.

Company officials warn that the thermal probe in the base of these popular pressure cookers, known as the first Bluetooth-connected cookers, can conduct electricity throughout the device, posing a risk of electric shock. Look for serial numbers between 1410 and 1503 and manufacture dates between 12/1/2014 and 6/1/2015 printed on a label on the bottom of the pressure cooker’s base. The largest of the three recalls affects some 367,000 motion sensor trashcans made by EKO USA and sold exclusively at Costco stores. The black plastic protective collar in the opening on the back of the trash receptacle can become dislodged and expose a sharp edge, posing a laceration risk.

At press time, the company had received 13 reports of injury-causing incidents. If any of these products are in your kitchen and there have been no injuries or you or your family members, contact the manufacturers or sellers about refunds or repairs. However, if an injury has occurred, keep the product intact, as it may be needed as evidence in a court case. Get medical attention and contact a product liability attorney with Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell at 800-251-1111.

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