Avon Recalls Microwave Popcorn Makers for Fire and Burn Hazards

05/21/2013 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley // (press release)

New York, NY — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Avon have voluntarily recalled microwave popcorn makers for fire and burn hazards posed to consumers. The CPSC announced the nationwide product recall on May 16, 2013.

The microwave popcorn makers were recalled after discovering that when the popcorn is cooked too long, it can overheat in this popcorn maker and ignite, which poses a fire or burn hazard to consumers.

“This recall involves Avon’s Microwave Popcorn Maker sold in the U.S. with item number 474-105 in Avon’s brochures and website. The recalled plastic popcorn maker consists of a clear tub and a yellow vented lid. The tub is 6 inches high and measures 7.5 inches in diameter and has three feet at the base. ‘DO NOT REMOVE WITH BARE HANDS. HOLD UNIT WITH GLOVES’ is molded into the plastic of the lid and ‘USE IN MICROWAVE OVEN ONLY’ is molded into the underside of the bowl. ‘Made in Taiwan’ is printed on an adhesive label located on the underside of the bowl,” the CPSC reported.

No injuries have been reported, but Avon has received 20 reports of the popcorn makers overheating, including two incidents involving fires that resulted in damage to microwave ovens.

Consumers are advised to contact Avon for a copy of the updated instructions on how to safely use the microwave popcorn maker. The new instructions can also be found through independent Avon representatives and on Avon’s website under the Product Recall section.

For more information concerning the nationwide product recall, consumers can contact Avon Products at (800) 367-2866 from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.avon.com and click on Product Recall at the bottom of the page for new instructions and more information.

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