If You Have This Kitchen Tool at Home, Stop Using it Immediately

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reveals it could present a fire risk to users.

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When you’re working with knives, most people’s primary safety concern is avoiding a laceration injury. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has just issued a recall notice for a popular knife for a surprising reason: it could catch fire. Read on to discover if your kitchen gear could be putting your safety in jeopardy. And for more products to steer clear of in the kitchen, check out If You Have This Spice in Your Pantry, the FDA Says Check It Immediately

On Jan. 19, the CPSC announced the voluntary recall of approximately 128,000 Rapala Rechargeable Fillet Knives due to fire concerns. The recalled knives, which were sold at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Fleet Farm, and sporting goods stores throughout the U.S. between March 2011 and Dec. 2018, can overheat and potentially catch fire if they’re charged using other companies’ chargers.

As of the recall date, Rapala had received 12 reports of the knives’ batteries catching fire, which, in some cases, resulted in property damage, although no injuries had been reported.

The recalled knives have black and gray handles with a red Rapala logo and the word ION in white on them. Anyone with one of the affected knives “should immediately stop using the recalled rechargeable fillet knife, remove the battery and look for a white ETL label on the battery,” the recall notice states. If your knife has no ETL label, you should get in touch with Rapala to receive a pre-paid return envelope for your old battery and a free replacement battery. Rapala joins a long list of companies who’ve had to pull their products from the market over the past few weeks; read on to discover which other popular items have been subject to recent recalls. And if you want to avoid a serious safety threat, If You Bought These 2 Things From Target, Return Them Now.

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Sea to Summit pots

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On. Jan 13, the CPSC announced the voluntary recall of approximately 18,250 Sea to Summit camping pots sold in the U.S. and Canada. The pots in question—the brand’s Alpha and Sigma models in a number of different sizes and configurations—were pulled from the market after Sea to Summit received 10 reports of the pot’s latch unhooking, presenting a potential scald or burn risk to users. At the time of the recall, no injuries had been reported. If you purchased one of the recalled pots, contact Sea to Summit to receive a replacement latch. And for more safety hazards hiding in plain sight, If You Have This Fan at Home, Stop Using It Immediately.

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Costco massage guns

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Massages are hardly relaxing if the massage tool you’re using catches fire, but that's exactly the issue with one product in particular. On Jan. 6, the CPSC announced the recall of all models of 12,360 Massimo Percussion Massage Guns due to the product’s fire risk. According to the CPSC notice, "Massimo has received three reports of fires with the recalled massage guns that resulted in over $15,000 in property damage.” No injuries had been reported at the time of the recall. If you have one of the affected massage guns at home, you can contact Massimo for a full refund. And if you want to protect yourself and your loved ones, If You're Using This in Your Yard, the CPSC Says Stop Immediately.

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Belkin wireless chargers

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Approximately 2,280 of Belkin's Portable Wireless Charger + Stand Special Edition were recalled on Jan. 13 after it was discovered that the chargers pose fire and electric shock risks to consumers. Anyone with one of the recalled chargers, which were sold on the Apple and Belkin websites and at brick and mortar Apple stores, should stop using it immediately, the CPSC recommends. Belkin is currently refunding the purchase price of the affected chargers and offering credit toward other Belkin products. And for the latest recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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Amazon Homfa cabinets

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A popular cabinet sold on Amazon was recalled in mid-December over concerns about it tipping and injuring users. The recalled cabinets—the Homfa HPV-087 and HPB-106 models—should be discarded if they’re not properly secured to a wall, according to the CPSC recall notice. Anyone with one of the recalled cabinets can contact Homfa to receive a pre-paid return label and full refund. And for a favorite food to avoid, check out If You Have This Beloved Snack at Home, Throw It Away Immediately.

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