Crock-Pot Is Recalling Almost 1 Million Multi-Cookers Due to Burn Risks
This Crock-Pot recall doesn't affect the legendary slow cooker, only the brand's multi-cooker. Here's what to look for.
It’s hard to go more than a couple weeks without coming across a serious product recall. In recent months, we’ve seen romaine lettuce recalled for E. coli contamination and artificial Christmas trees recalled because of a fire hazard. This next recall might affect the Crock-Pot in your kitchen.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), roughly 914,000 Crock-Pots are being recalled due to burn risks. The cookers were distributed nationwide to Target and Walmart stores, as well as Amazon and other online retailers.
What products are recalled?
Don’t worry, slow cooker lovers—this recall doesn’t include all Crock-Pots. It only affects the 6-quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers.
Like an Instant Pot, the Crock-Pot multi-cooker can pressure cook. However, this multi-cooker can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked. This can cause the lid to suddenly detach while the product is in use, posing burn risks because of the hot food and liquids that will explode from the cooker.
It looks like a total of 914,430 multi-cookers are included in the Crock-Pot recall, 28,330 of which were sold in Canada. It’s a serious situation—the company has received 119 reports of lid detachment and 99 reports of burn injuries.
Keep your kitchen safe with this recall app.
How do I know if I have this Crock-Pot?
If you bought your Crock-Pot anytime between July 2017 and November 2020 for between $70 and $100, take a second look at the lid. The affected appliances are stamped with manufacturing dates between July 1, 2017 and October 1, 2018, with date codes of K196JN through K365JN and L001JN through L273JN.
You’ll find the date code engraved on one of the prongs on the electrical plug. For images and a full description of the cooker, check the CPSC site.
Here’s why there are so many recalls lately, according to the FDA.
I have this Crock-Pot! What do I do with it?
If you have one of these Crock-Pots, absolutely do not use it in pressure cooker mode. It’s best to avoid using that function entirely, at least until you can replace the lid. The cooker can still be safely used for slow cooking and sauteing.
For a replacement lid, reach out to Crock-Pot from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday at 800-323-9519. Alternatively, you can request a new lid online via the Crock-Pot recall site.