Best Buy recalls 187,000 Insignia air fryers, its second such recall in two years

This is at least the sixth major air fryer recall among various brands in the last two years, covering nearly 3.2 million appliances

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These are examples of the Insignia models recalled on March 13.

Best Buy has recalled more than 187,000 Insignia air fryers and air fryer opens because they pose a hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.

The air fryers can overheat, which could cause a fire, lead to burns or cause the handles to melt or break. The air fryer ovens can overheat, which could cause the glass on the oven to shatter. The company has received 24 complaints about malfunctions, including six about air fryers catching on fire. 

There have been at least six major air fryer recalls in the last two years, covering nearly 3.2 million appliances. All were at risk of causing fires and burns.

The latest Best Buy recall involves several models, with sizes from 3.4 to 10 quarts. The recalled models were sold at Best Buy in stores and online, as well as from third-party sellers from November 2021 to November 2023. They cost $32 to $180. The products were manufactured in China.

Customers are entitled to a full refund if they have their receipt. Otherwise, they’ll get the average sale price for the model they have.

Nearly two years ago, in April 2022, Best Buy recalled 635,000 Insignia air fryers and air fryer ovens that were the same size — 3.4 to 10 quarts. Best Buy received 68 complaints from consumers in the United States and 36 reports from Canadian consumers about the products catching fire. Eight different models were affected. They were sold from November 2018 through February 2022 for $30 to $150. Consumers could get refunds if they had a receipt. Otherwise, they’d get a $50 credit.

Previous air fryer recalls in the last two years:

Empower, 319,000 recalled December 2023.

Secura, 6,400 recalled September 2023.

Corsori, 2 million recalled February 2023.

Magic Chef, 11,750 recalled October 2022.

Insignia, 635,000 recalled April 2022.

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Teresa Murray

Consumer Watchdog, U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Teresa directs the Consumer Watchdog office, which looks out for consumers’ health, safety and financial security. Previously, she worked as a journalist covering consumer issues and personal finance for two decades for Ohio’s largest daily newspaper. She received dozens of state and national journalism awards, including Best Columnist in Ohio, a National Headliner Award for coverage of the 2008-09 financial crisis, and a journalism public service award for exposing improper billing practices by Verizon that affected 15 million customers nationwide. Teresa and her husband live in Greater Cleveland and have two sons. She enjoys biking, house projects and music, and serves on her church missions team and stewardship board.

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