About 2 Million Cosori Air Fryers Recalled for Potential Burn Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the recall of about two million Cosori Air Fryers due to a potential for fire and burn hazards. Consumers with these products are urged to stop using them immediately and contact the company to receive a free replacement or other product.
Consumers Urged to Stop Using Air Fryers Due to Fire Hazard
The air fryers are manufactured in China and imported by Atekcity Corporation of Anaheim, California. They were sold at Best Buy, Target, and Home Depot stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Bedbathandbeyond.com, Cosori.com, and more from June 2018 through December 2022 for between $70 and $130.
The recall involves Cosori air fryers with several different model numbers—check for the full list at the CPSC site. The brand name Cosori is printed on the front of each unit, and the model number can be found on the bottom label and the accompanying user manual. The units come in sizes 3.7 and 5.8 quarts and were sold in gray, black, white, blue, and red colors.
The problem is that a wire connection in the air fryers can overheat. Specifically, the closed-end crimp connectors within the fryers—which are responsible for establishing electrical connections between certain wires—can malfunction.
The firm has received 205 reports of the products catching fire, burning, melting, overheating, and smoking. These include 10 reports of minor, superficial burn injuries and 23 reports of minor property damage.
Consumers are encouraged to register their products at the company’s recall site. Registering will enable them to receive their choice of a free replacement air fryer or another Cosori product. During registration, consumers must provide their contact information and submit photos of the recalled unit with the cord cut off. No receipt is necessary.
For more information, contact the toll-free recall support hotline at 888-216-5974 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, or email CosoriRecall@Sedgwick.com.
Do Air Fryers Cause Cancer?
Air fryers work by creating a fine mist of oil droplets that circulate around the food in the presence of hot air. This form of cooking uses less oil and is considered more environmentally friendly than conventional frying methods. It uses less oil than traditional frying too, so it can create foods that are lower in fat.
There have been some concerns that air frying may increase the risk of certain types of cancer. Air frying does result in the formation of compounds like acrylamide that are linked to cancer development, but other methods of frying also create such compounds. One 2015 study found that air frying reduced acrylamide content by about 90 percent compared with conventional deep-oil-frying.
Acrylamide formation is responsible for the toasted appearance, crusty consistency, and flavor of cooked foods. Burnt or darkly crusted foods contain more than lighter foods. To date, there is no conclusive evidence that dietary consumption of acrylamide increases the risk of cancer.
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