July 17, 2003CPSC, Hamilton Beach and Proctor-Silex
Announce Recall of Slow Cookers
following product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation
with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless
Name of product: Slow Cookers
Units: 2.7 million
Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex, of Glen Allen, Va.
Hazard: The handles on the base of the slow cookers can break, posing a risk
of burns from hot food spilling onto consumers.
Incidents/Injuries:The company has received approximately 4,700 reports of
handles breaking, including two reports of consumers who required medical
attention for burns.
Description: The recalled slow cookers were sold under the Hamilton Beach
and Proctor-Silex brand names, which are printed on the front of the base of
the unit. The slow cookers are either round or oval, and were sold in solid
white and various print designs. They have a capacity of 3.5 to 6.5 quarts.
The slow cookers have series codes A through D which are printed on the
bottom along with the model number.
33390, 33475, 33575, 33590, 33675, 33690, 33725, 33850, 33860
Hamilton Beach / Portfolio
33320, 33320FD, 33325, 33375, 33380, 33625A
Sold at: Discount department stores nationwide from January 1999 through
December 2002 for between $15 and $45.
Remedy: Consumers will be shipped a replacement slow cooker base.
Consumer Contact: Hamilton Beach toll-free at (800) 429-6363 anytime or
visit the firm's Web site at www.proctor-silex.com
Media Contact: Kirby Kriz at (804) 527-7299.