Note: Changes to units sold, description, incidents/injuries sections.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2005
Release # 05-579
The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cookers
Units: About 3,900
Manufacturer: DRECO, Ltd., formerly known as DaeRyuk Electronics, LTD, of Korea.
Distributor: HSN LP (previously referred to as the Home Shopping Network), of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Hazard: The lid on these pressure cookers can open prematurely while contents are under pressure, allowing hot contents to be expelled and causing a scald or burn injury to individuals in the immediate area.
Incidents/Injuries: HSN has received 43 reports that the lids opened prematurely while contents were under pressure, resulting in 37 reports of burn injuries, including at least four third degree burns.
Description: The recalled Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cooker was sold under model number PC501. The model number PC501 is located in three places: near the control panel, on the instruction/warning label near the bottom of the unit, and on the bottom of the product. The name "Welbilt" is located near the control panel. The pressure cooker measures 11-inches-high, 11-inches-wide and 15-inches-long and was sold in white.
Sold By: HSN through its toll-free number and its Web page from September 2001 through July 2002 for about $100. They also were sold at HSN employee stores in Salem, Va., and St. Petersburg, Fla., and at HSN retail stores in Florida from September 2001 through November 2002 for between $30 and $35. HSN purchased the product from Appliance Company of America, of Great Neck , NY and was not involved in the manufacturing or distribution of the product.
Manufactured in: Korea
Remedy: Consumers should stop using these cookers. HSN will provide a refund of the purchase price.
Consumer Contact: For more information, call HSN toll-free at (877) 710-1527 anytime, or visit the company's Web site at www.hsn.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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