Over 700,000 tea kettles produced by Wilton Industries of Woodbridge, Ill., are being recalled, according to Consumer Affairs.
These 2 quart kettles are being recalled due to potentially severe burn hazards. In this kettle, steam can easily travel up the handle and boiling water can spill out of the spout, posing serious burn risks to users. Also, the leaked steam can interfere with the kettle’s whistle, in some cases, completely disabling it. Without the whistle, users may not attend to the kettle. If all of the water evaporates from the kettle, the base of the kettle may severely overheat and melt onto the stove top. This is also a serious burn hazard posed to users.
Wilton Industries they have received a total of 5 reports of escaped steam moving up the handle, 3 reports of boiling water spilling from the spout, and 1 report of a dangerously hot handle. So far, no injuries have been reported to Wilton Industries.
This tea kettle recall specifically targets Chefmate 2-quart tea kettles sold with a black enamel finish and a solid black resin handle. The Chefmate logo is stamped on the bottom of the aluminum tea kettle.
Manufactured in both Indonesia and China, these tea kettles were sold in an exclusive deal with Target , both in-stores nationwide as well as online. Sold for $9, these kettles were on the market from January 2006 – May 2013.
Users are urged to immediately stop using this tea kettle and return them to any Target store for a full refund or to contact Wilton Industries.
Consumers may contact Wilton Industries toll-free at (866) 255-9237 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT Friday.
SOURCE: Consumer Affairs