Avon Microwave Popcorn Maker Recall Issued Due to Fire Hazard

About 57,400 plastic Avon microwave popcorn makers have been recalled following multiple reports of overheating, including at least two fires that resulted in property damage.  

An Avon popcorn maker recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on May 16, after at least 20 reports were received of the plastic microwave bowls overheating while making popcorn, including several instances where the Avon bowls burst into flames

The CPSC warns that if the popcorn makers are left in the microwave too long, they may ignite. This poses a risk of fires and a serious burn hazard for consumers.

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The recall consists of Avon’s microwave popcorn maker with item number 474-105. The popcorn maker has a clear tub and a vented yellow lid and measures 6 inches high by 7.5 inches in diameter and is equipped with 3 feet at the base of the tub. The clear plastic tub has the phrases “DO NOT REMOVE WITH BARE HANDS. HOLD UNIT WITH GLOVES” and “USE IN MICROWAVE ONLY” molded into the plastic lid and underside of the bowl. The bowls have a “Made in Taiwan” label located on the underside.

The plastic microwave bowls were manufactured in Taiwan by Okay Enterprise Co., Ltd, of Kunshan City, Taiwan and imported by Avon products Inc., of New York, New York where they were sold by independent sale representatives and online at www.avon.com from October 2012 through February 2013 for roughly $13.

The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately contact Avon at (800) 367-2866 to receive a copy of the updated instructions on how to properly use the microwave bowls. Consumers may also obtain the new instructions by contacting an Avon representative or by visiting the company’s website at www.avon.com and navigating to the Product Recall section at the bottom of the page for further detail.

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