Rice and Slow Cookers Recalled Due to Risk of Fire and Electric Shock

Improperly-installed wiring may cause electrical shorting, posing hazard to consumers

Rice and Slow Cookers Recalled Due to Risk of Fire and Electric Shock
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October 19, 2016

Sherwood Marketing has issued a recall of approximately 175,000 of its 3Squares-branded rice and slow cookers due to a risk of fire and electric shock. An additional 100 units were sold in Canada.

Wiring incorrectly installed in the products may cause an electric short, posing a fire and shock hazard to users.

The affected cookers include the Tim3 Machin3 and Mini Tim3 Machin3 rice and slow cookers with fixed power cords. The programmable electric cookers, which are either 20-cup/four-quart or eight-cup/1.7-quart, are made of stainless steel with black molded plastic. There is a control panel or keypad located on the front of the cookers, and the units measure around 11 inches in diameter and 12 inches in height. The 3Squares logo is printed on the front of the control panel or keypad. The model number is included on a label on the side of the cooker.

Affected model numbers start with 3RC and end in 3010S, 3020S, 3434, 5020, and 9010S.

The cookers were sold at home and hardware retailers, mass merchandisers, and department stores nationwide and online at Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Costco, Get3Squares, Home Depot, Kohl's, Target, Wayfair, and other websites from December 2015 through July 2016 for between $30 and $70, depending on the model and capacity.

The manufacturer has received three incident reports to data, including one shock injury and a report of a cooker sparking when turned on and another turning itself on.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cookers and contact 3Squares to obtain a free replacement cooker, including the cost of shipping.

For more information, consumers can reach 3Squares at (800) 390-0249.