- Nearly 2 million deep fryers manufactured by Cosori, sold between 2018 and 2022, are being voluntarily recalled after an internal investigation found an electrical fault could pose serious safety risks.
- The air fryers, which were sold online by Amazon and through retailers such as Best Buy and Home Depot, can overheat, melt, catch fire and smoke, the manufacturer reports.
- The affected fryers, available in two different sizes and five distinct colors, can be identified by printed model numbers and exchanged for a free replacement.
About 2 million deep fryers have been voluntarily recalled after manufacturers at Cosori discovered they could pose a fire hazard.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that affected consumers must “immediately stop” using the devices in question, which were widely available and sold between June 2018 and December 2022 both in stores and online in the United States as well as in Canada and Mexico.
In a statement to the CPSC, Cosori explained that their own investigation revealed a potential defect in the appliances’ electrical wiring, resulting in potential fire and injury hazards.
“We determined that in extremely rare cases, the closed crimp connectors in the recalled fryers — which are responsible for making electrical connections between certain wires — can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards,” the manufacturer shared with customers.
It is currently unclear whether the error occurs when the device is in use or when it is plugged in alone. But The CPSC has shared that more than 205 households have filed complaints that the fryers “catch fire, burn, melt, overheat and smoke.” And more than 10 people have reported “minor, superficial burns” as a result, along with 23 incidents of property damage caused by faulty fryers.
The fryers, which cost between $70 and $130, were made in two different sizes; a 3.7-quart unit as well as a 5.8-quart basket. They were sold in a variety of colors and finishes, including black, grey, white, blue and red. Cosori released a full list of affected model numbers, which can be easily identified on the underside of the fryer itself. We highlight that list below.
Complete list of recalled air fryers
The easiest way to determine if your air fryer has been recalled is to check model number as well as the product’s batch numberboth of which are printed on or near the manufacturer’s label on the underside of the appliance.
Recalled units include 3.7-quart and 5.8-quart fryers manufactured in five different colors. You can find pictures of each of the recalled devices on Cosori’s recall website.
These are the model numbers involved in this recall:
How to get a replacement
Cosori is asking affected customers to take 3 photos of the appliance, its model number and the product’s batch number – which can be etched into the plastic exterior near the manufacturer’s label – to qualify for a free replacement. You must submit your information and photos using Cosori’s recall registration form and work with the brand to select a replacement device.
Customers are not eligible for a full cash refund from Cosori and should not return their devices to the place of purchase for compensation. The brand says it will honor requests for a different product if asked. “You can choose from a selection of other Cosori products, depending on the model of your airfryer,” the website says.
Affected individuals should expect a replacement within 8 weeks sent free of charge to their home address and can monitor their replacement request online. “If you choose another Cosori replacement product, Cosori will ship it as soon as stock is available (currently an 8+ week wait),” the company says.
“Cosori is committed to the safety of those who use and love our products, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience,” the company shared.
Nicole Papantoniouthe Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Appliances & Innovation Lab Director, says home cooks should take extra care to minimize risks when using deep fryers. “Never leave your airfryer unattended while cooking, always unplug it when not in use and keep it away from other appliances as well as other fragile surfaces in your kitchen, including walls,” she advises.
Air fryers that are not cleaned regularly and used properly can also pose smoke hazards in your kitchen. Some smoke or condensation from a deep fryer vent can be expected depending on the recipe you are cooking. “It’s easy for an airfryer to smoke if you cook greasy foods that splatter and then fail to keep your airfryer clean,” she adds.