A PRESSURE cooker has been urgently recalled due to a risk of it shooting out boiling hot liquid and burning someone.
But the “unsafe” £60 Tower gadget remains on sale at Argos and Robert Dyas, despite the warning.
The recall was issued by the EU’s European Commission which said the cooker doesn’t meet EU safety standards.
It claims that the Stainless Steel One-Touch Pressure Cooker’s safety devices and opening system is “inadequate”.
If opened too quickly, a ring of plastic inside the device could fall off and cause hot liquid to shoot out, it said.
The notice also warned that a rod inside the appliance could detach, which means the safety device inside would no longer work.
Your product recall rights
PRODUCT recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.
As a general rule, if a recall involves a branded product, the manufacturer would usually have lead responsibility for the recall action.
But it’s often left up to supermarkets to notify customers when products could put them at risk.
If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.
When it comes to appliances, rather than just food items, the onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don’t there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault.
If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer.
They should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice.
In some cases, the manufacturer might ask you to return the item for a full redund or arrange for the faulty product to be collected.
You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item.
The alert was first issued in France, but it applies to all models with the batch number “5055195872791”.
Cookers with these barcodes are still available to buy on the Argos and Robert Dyas websites in the UK.
A spokesman for Robert Dyas said the product will be removed from sale after The Sun got in touch.
The Sun has asked Argos why the appliances are still on sale and we will update this article if we hear back.
Shoppers who have bought one of the gadgets should stop using it and return it to the shop they bought it from.
They will be entitled to a full refund.
It’s the responsibility of the manufacturer to make customers aware of product recalls, but Tower hasn’t put the notice on its website yet.
We’ve contacted Tower for a response and we will update this article if we hear back.
It’s not clear how many of these products have been sold.
They are on sale for £60 at Argos stores and online, and for £64.99 at Robert Dyas, where it was only sold online.
They were also on sale on Amazon, but the product is no longer available from the website.
Argos has 845 stores in the UK, while Robert Dyas has 96.
Meanwhile, Smyths has recalled mini cupcake surprise toys over fears they’re dangerous for kids.
Animagic My First Puppy toy sold in Argos, Tesco and Amazon is being recalled over fears kids could choke on them.
Lynx is also recalling Christmas gift sets with speakers – The Golden Year and Lynx Black – due to fears that they could overheat and burn customers.
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