Two sizes of PowerXL brand waffle makers have been recalled because hot pieces of waffle batter or stuffing can be expelled as a result of pressure that builds up while cooking, posing a risk of burns, said an announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
There have been 44 incidents reported including 34 burn injuries, three of which required medical attention.
The estimated 456,000 recalled waffle makers were sold from July 2021 to October 2022 at BJ’s Wholesale Club, Best Buy, Big Lots, Kohls, Sam’s Club, Target, Home Depot, Walmart and other retailers nationwide. Online, they were available at Kohls.com, QVC.com and Walmart.com. Retail prices ranged from $30 to $60.
The specific units affected are the 5-inch PowerXL Model ESWM02 and the 7-inch Model ESWM03 Stuffed Wafflizer waffle makers sold in 11 colors.
Model numbers and date codes can be found on a tag attached to the power code.
Consumers who purchased the recalled waffle makers are advised to stop using them immediately and contact Empower Brands to receive a free latch adapter and written instructions on how to repair the appliance.
How to treat burns
- Apply a cool, wet compress to the burn or immerse it in cool, fresh water until the pain subsides.
- Cover the burn with a clean nonadhesive bandage or clean cloth.
- Do not apply ointment, which may cause infection.
- First-degree burns usually heal without further treatment. However, if the burn covers a large area of the body or the victim is an infant or older adult, seek emergency treatment.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention