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Air fryers recalled for issue that can lead to fire, burns and cutting risks

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2024 | Personal Injury

While they’re not exactly new, air fryers exploded in popularity in recent years thanks to being a healthier, oil-free alternative to deep frying foods. But air fryers, like any electrical appliance, can still pose a fire risk, especially if they have manufacturing issues.

Best Buy has issued a recall for approximately 187,400 air fryers over an overheating issue that can cause fires. Affected models can generate excessive heat that the handles could melt or break, potentially leading to burn injuries. In addition, the sheer amount of heat can also cause the glass door of the air fryer to break, posing a laceration hazard.

The retailer has received 24 reports of overheating, melting or glass shattering related to the issue – including six cases where the air fryers caught fire. None of the reports mentioned any injuries or deaths so far.

The dangers of home electrical fires

Homeowners should never underestimate the risks of electrical fires caused by defective appliances. According to statistics, the U.S. sees about 51,000 electrical fires each year. These fires cause almost 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in property damage annually. The National Fire Protection Association also noted that cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires year-round.

The burn injuries caused by these fires can be deadly. According to the CDC, burns and fires are the third leading cause of death in the home.

Your rights after a burn injury

If you’ve been injured by a defective air fryer, you might be entitled to compensation under California’s product liability laws. You can seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and other damages.

However, there’s a process to a product liability lawsuit – it’s not something you can frivolously file. You’ll have to document everything, from your injuries, evidence of the fire and even witness testimonies to back your claim.

It might be a smart move to discuss your case with a legal professional. A personal injury attorney may be able to review your case and help gather evidence to strengthen your claim.