If you like to boil your tea the old-fashioned way, you need to know about a recall involving kettles sold at Target. Wilton Industries says there's a possible burn hazard with the Chefmate 2-quart Tea Kettle. Consumers are urged to stop using this product.
The company says steam can travel up the handle, or water can spill from the spout, posing a burn hazard to the consumer. Also, the leaking steam can cause the kettle to fail to whistle. If water completely evaporates from the kettle, the aluminum bottom can melt onto the stove and pose a burn hazard.
The firm has received 13 reports of incidents, including five reports of steam traveling up the handle, three reports of hot water spilling from the spout and a report of a hot handle. In addition, four consumers reported the tea kettle base melting onto the stove burner. No injuries have been reported.
The recall involved 716,000 kettles in the United States and 1,400 in Canada. You should look for the Chefmate 2-quart tea kettles sold with a black enamel finish and a solid black resin handle. The Chefmate logo is stamped on the bottom of the aluminum tea kettle.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tea kettles and return them to any Target store, or contact Wilton Industries for a full refund. The kettles were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com from January 2006 through May 2013 for about $9.
Wilton Industries toll-free at (866) 255-9237 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT Friday or online at www.wilton.com and click on Recalls for more information.