Nearly 1 Million Crock-Pot Pressure Cookers Have Been Recalled
Using a multi-cooker tomorrow? Read this first!
Multi-cookers might be on your list of Thanksgiving cookware essentials, helping you with anything from keeping mashed potatoes at the perfect temperature to making a big batch of cranberry sauce. Unfortunately, if you have a Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker, you’re going to have to rethink your prepping and cooking plans. More than 940,000 Sunbeam slow cookers sold in North America have been recalled due to potential burn risk.
According to an official statement from the brand, Crock-Pot and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have issued a voluntary recall on lids of the Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker (model #SCCPPC600-V1) manufactured from July 1, 2017 through October 1, 2018, which were sold at major retailers including Walmart, Target, and Amazon. This recall is due to the lid detaching while the multi-cooker is pressurizing, which has caused severe burns. According to the CPSC, of the 119 reports of the lids detaching, 99 resulted in burn in injuries ranging from first-degree to third-degree burns.
In their recall, the company writes that, "All of our products are rigorously and routinely tested for consumer safety and are in full compliance with established industry standards. However, Crock-Pot has identified that the lids of select 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers can detach during use if not used in accordance with the owner's manual." To make these cookers safe for all users, the brand has issues two changes to keep customers safe. Firstly, they have added iconography and quick-reference instructions to help, avoid common mistakes. They have also made design changes that will keep the unit from starting unless the lids are properly secured.
If you think your slow cooker is at risk, check the bottom of the base or prongs of the electrical plug to find the date code — codes K196JN through K365JN and L001JN through L273JN are the affected models. If eligible, you can request a free replacement lid, which has been redesigned to prevent misuse and ensure a more secure fit.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recommending that people stop using this Crock-Pot in pressure cooker mode (this is the setting that's causing the lid to detach and scald users), though they stated that the sauté and slow-cook functions are still safe to use.