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This Popular Kitchen Appliance Is Being Recalled Because It's a Fire Hazard

Nearly 12,000 units are involved.
FACT CHECKED BY Justine Goodman

Celebrated for its ability to crisp up food using less time, energy, and oil, the air fryer has been taking the home cooking world by storm over the years. However, if you currently have the popular appliance sitting on your kitchen countertop, you're going to want to check the model.

That's because the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on Oct. 13 that compact appliance brand Newair has recalled about 11,750 Magic Chef Air Fryers.

According to the company, the kitchen appliance "can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards." The recall applies to the Magic Chef Air Fryer Digital Air Fryer oven with the model numbers MCAF56DB, which comes in black, and MCAF56DW, which comes in white.

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Newair

The air fryers were sold online at Newair.com, Walmart.com, Wayfair.com, Amazon.com, and Target.com between July 2018 and September 2020 for $115 to $138.

Although no incidents or injuries have been reported, Newair urges individuals to stop using the air fryer and send a photo of the rating label to the company. Consumers will then receive instructions on how to disable the appliance and be given a refund in the form of a $50 Newair credit or the amount on the purchase receipt if higher. A receipt is not needed for the $50 credit.

Customers may participate in the recall by filling out this form on Newair's website. Additionally, those with questions related to the recall may call Newair at (833) 715-1021 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific Time (PT).

This isn't the first time air fryers have been recalled this year. Back in April, Best Buy issued a recall of more than 600,000 Insignia Air Fryers and Air Fryer Ovens, as they also posed a potential fire hazard. Across the U.S. and Canada, there were more than 100 reports of the appliances catching fire, burning, or melting.

Brianna Ruback
Brianna is the Editorial Assistant at Eat This, Not That! She attended Ithaca College, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Communication Studies. Read more about Brianna