More than 700,000 air fryers in the US and Canada are being recalled after several people reported the units had caught fire or melted, injuring at least one child.
The recall involves 772,000 Insignia hot air fryers and air fryer ovens sold at Best Buy, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Thursday. The electronics retailer received more than 100 reports from North American customers that their air fryer or air fryer ovens had caught fire, burned, or melted.
The devices resulted in seven incidents of minor property damage and two injuries, including an injury to a child’s leg, the CPSC reported. The commission did not provide specific information on the amount of damage.
The affected products were sold in stores and online through the Best Buy website, eBay and Google from November 2018 to February 2022. The prices of the products ranged from $30 to $150, the commission said.
“Consumers should immediately discontinue the recalled air fryers and air fryers and return the product to Best Buy for a refund in the form of credit for use at Best Buy stores or Bestbuy.com,” CPSC added. “Best Buy is directly contacting all known buyers to arrange returns and provide prepaid shipping boxes and labels and return instructions.”
Overall, Best Buy said it sold about 635,000 of the recalled products in the United States and another 137,000 in Canada. According to the CPSC, the affected products have the following model numbers: NS-AF32DBK9, NS-AF32MBK9, NS-AF50MBK9, NS-AF53DSS0, NS-AF53MSS0, NS-AF55DBK9, NS-AFO6DBK1 and NS-AFO6DSS1.
The Insignia brand name is placed on the top or front of each unit, and on the bottom is an evaluation label identifying the make and model number, the commission added.
The recent recall isn’t the first time an air fryer product has caught fire. In November, a woman posted viral video of her burning stove after a Costco-bought air fryer exploded while trying to make a hash brown.
“[Ten] Firefighters and hash browns later,” reads the caption for the video, which garnered millions of views when it was originally posted to TikTok.
Months earlier, a 4-year-old girl alerted her parents when she noticed her family’s air fryer caught fire after her father was cooking chicken nuggets and french fries. The child’s father responded by grabbing the hot air fryer with his bare hands and throwing it into her pool. news week previously reported. However, the family hearth was completely destroyed by the fire.
Because air fryers are capable of heating any surface they stand on, product safety manuals recommend never placing the units on or near a hot gas or electric burner or in a heated oven.
news week contacted Best Buy for further comments.
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