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 the latest must-have kitchen appliances. However, more than 2 million air fryers and pressure cookers are being recalled for dangerous malfunctions and design flaws that are causing severe burn injuries, fires, and explosions.
In this article, we share which air fryers and pressure cookers are under recall, what to do if yours is affected, and share safety tips that every owner of an air fryer or pressure cooker should know.
What’s the difference between an air fryer and pressure cooker?
An air fryer is a miniature convection oven that fits on your countertop and simulates deep frying without requiring oil. A fan in the appliance generates hot air at high speed to make food crispy.
A pressure cooker, more commonly known as an Instant Pot, is a sealed cooking device that generates and traps high-heat steam to cook food more efficiently.
Which air fryers and pressure cookers are under recall?
- Insignia Air Fryers are under recall for malfunctions causing the appliances to catch fire, burn, or melt. Learn more here.
- Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Multi-Cookers are under recall because some of the lids are detaching while in use, resulting in an explosion of hot food or steam. Learn more here.
- Faberware 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cookers are under recall for safety defects that are causing too much pressure to build up in the cooker, resulting in an explosion of hot food and steam. Learn more here.
Has your air fryer or pressure cooker been recalled? Here’s what to do.
If your air fryer or pressure cooker has been recalled, stop using it immediately. Contact the manufacturer for specific information on how to be reimbursed or receive a replacement.
Safety tips for operating air fryers and pressure cookers
For air fryers
- Don’t overcrowd the food basket – Leave space between your food and the heating component in the air fryer—otherwise, you risk starting a fire.
- Unplug after use – Once you’re finished cooking, unplug your air fryer—it’s the safest way to make sure all heating components are off and remain off.
- Go light on the oil – Too much oil in an air fryer can cause a fire. Do not use more oil than is directed.
- Don’t place anything 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 plenty of clearance – Air fryers have vents to release heat. If you put the appliance too close to a surface, like a wall or overhead cabinet, the air fryer an overheat. Allow at least five inches of clearance around your air fryer.
For pressure cookers
- Don’t overfill the cooker – 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.
- Use enough liquid – A pressure cooker needs liquid to create steam. If you don’t add enough liquid and steam can’t build, the pressure cooker can overheat.
- Release pressure in a safe way – 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 North or South Carolina?
The Carolina injury attorneys at Auger & Auger can help.
Throughout North and South Carolina, there have been dozens of reports of people being seriously injured by air fryers and pressure cookers, resulting in major lawsuits against the manufacturers. If you or a loved one are injured by a defective or recalled kitchen appliance in North or South Carolina, the personal injury attorneys at Auger & Auger can help.
Our Carolina injury attorneys have a 25+ year successful track record of holding large companies and corporations responsible for negligence. We have the experience and resources needed to prove negligence, help you recover from your injuries, and get you the compensation you deserve.
We offer FREE, no-obligation consultations, and you do not have to pay for anything, unless we secure a financial settlement for you. Learn more about our services by calling our Carolina injury attorneys today at (855) 971-0800.