Hundreds of thousands of Insignia air fryers recalled in Canada and the U.S.

Airfryer recall

Concerns of units overheating combined with the possibility of melting or breaking handles s well as a potential for fire or burns has prompted a recall of hundreds of thousands of Insignia air fryer products in Canada and the U.S.

The recall is centered around Insignia digital air fryers, analog air fryers and digital air fryer ovens, those whose cooking capacities range from 3.4 to 10 quarts, with plastic or a mixture of plastic and stainless steel bodies. “INSIGNIA” branding is visible on either the top or front of each unit, along with a rating label on the underside that identifies the brand, model number and other information.

The recall is a collaborative effort by Health Canada, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Best Buy Canada.

A list of the Insignia air fryer and air fryer ovens impacted by a Health Canada recall, issued on March 14, 2024.
A list of the Insignia air fryer and air fryer ovens impacted by a Health Canada recall, issued on March 14, 2024. Health Canada/Government of Canada

According to the Health Canada, the potential of overheating and breakages is not the only concern reported with these units; the air fryer ovens also have the potential to overheat and glass on the doors may break, increasing the risk of a potential fire, burn or laceration.

As of Feb. 20, 2024, Insignia has received six reports of incidents in Canada in indicating that the handles on the air fryers melted or broke, with one incident also citing the glass breaking on an air fryer oven. There have been no reports of injuries so far.

The issues have also been reported in the brand’s products in the U.S., with 24 incidents of overheating, melting or glass shattering, including six reports of air fryers catching fire. As in Canada, there have been no reported injuries or property damage in the U.S. from the incidents.

The affected products were sold from September 2021 to November 2023, with 99,903 affected products sold in Canada and another 183,443 in the U.S.

One of five air fryer or air fryer ovens recalled by Insignia and Health Canada due to potential risks of overheating, handle breakage or the risk of a fire.
One of five air fryer or air fryer ovens recalled by Insignia and Health Canada due to potential risks of overheating, handle breakage or the risk of a fire.

Customers who have one of the impacted products in Canada are advised to immediately unplug and stop using them and visit https://www.recallrtr.com/airfryer. Customers are further instructed to take a photo of the recalled unit with the power cord unplugged, as well as of the model number and purchase receipt and send to the website.

Health Canada also notes that customers can opt to call Best Buy Canada to register their recalled product. The retail store has indicated that they will be providing gift cards equal to the full purchase price of the product if a receipt is provided, however those without can still receive a $75 gift card.

Anyone who has a health or safety incident to report related to using the product are advised to fill out a consumer product incident report form.

— with files from globalnews.ca

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  1. Anyone that buys any product branded with this name should have low expectations for it’s performance and longevity. It’s akin to a Bic lighter. You generally get what you pay for.

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