If you have this kettle in your home, stop using it immediately.
Whirlpool, the parent company of KitchenAid, has issued a recall of more than 40,000 electric kettles in the United States because of a burn hazard.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the kettle’s handle can loosen and fall off, spilling the hot liquid inside on the user. Before issuing the recall, Whirlpool received 79 reports in the U.S. of the handles coming off the kettle; three of these reports involved minor burn injuries, and more reports came from Canadian customers.
Approximately 40,200 KitchenAid 1.7 Liter Electric Kettles were sold in the U.S., and almost 50,000 were sold in Canada. (Another 1,600 were sold in Mexico.) All have been recalled.
They were sold in stainless steel, red, black, white, liquid graphite, and cocoa silver, and the kettles have "KitchenAid" on their fronts. Model numbers and serial numbers are located on the bottom of the kettle—if you believe your kettle may be affected, you can check the complete list of model and serial numbers included in the recall at repair.whirlpool.com.
The kettles were sold at large retailers such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Dillard’s, Target, Williams Sonoma, and Amazon (in addition to smaller home and retail stores) from September 2013 through February 2018. They cost between $100 and $120.
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If you do own this kettle, stop using it immediately and contact Whirlpool for a free replacement.
For more information, contact Whirlpool customer service at 800-874-0608 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or go online at repair.whirlpool.com.