2/15/2013 - Fire hazard prompts cookware recall
Due to the fire hazard that they pose, millions of pieces of cookware are being pulled from store shelves to prevent consumers from experiencing a cooking fire.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 2 million pots and pans produced by the manufacturer Royal Prestige have been sent back to where they came from due to reports of problems occurring when they're put to use.
Royal Prestige tells CPSC that it's been informed of more than 1,130 incidents in which the cookware collapses, deforms or crimps while being used to cook food. In fact, someone was once sprayed with hot cooking oil when a pan produced by the company folded inward while on a stove burner.
The recall involves multiple pieces, including 1.5 quart saucepans, 2 quart saucepans, dutch ovens measuring between 4 quarts and 8 quarts, 8 and 10.5-inch skillets as well as 10 and 14-inch paella pans.
While cookware is typically bought and sold in retails stores, CPSC says that these products were sold door-to-door by the independent distributor company Hy Cite Enterprises. The line of cookware sells for anywhere from $250 to $800. Sets can run as high $3,500.
Cooking fires are all too common in the U.S. each year. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the leading cause of fires in the home take place in the kitchen, frequently resulting in homeowners insurance claims. In addition, between 2008 and 2010, cooking was tied to the largest percentage of fire-related injuries. Nearly 30% of fires deriving from stoves and ovens also caused someone to be hurt.