Kmart, Target kitchen appliances among 30 product recalls

·Features and Health Editor

Choice Australia is urging Australian's to check their kitchens for potentially recalled products, with over 28 appliances, including some from Kmart and Target, on the list of 30 recalls.

The appliances that have been recalled over the last five years can put people at risk of serious burns, lacerations and even explosions from faulty products.

Kmart toaster, Bialetti coffee maker and Target blender
A Kmart toaster, Bialetti coffee maker and Target blender are among the kitchen appliances on recall. Photo: Choice

“Choice is encouraging every Australian to check their kitchen for recalled appliances, get the refunds they’re entitled to and keep their loved ones safe,” Choice editor Marg Rafferty said.

In October 2019, the ACCC reported that about 6.6 million products were under voluntary recall in Australia. Approximately 650 are recalled every year.

"Unfortunately, only around half have been returned," Marg added.

A two-slice stainless steel toaster from Kmart is on the recalled list, as well as a Target stick blender and Target four-slice toaster.

Other products include blenders, kitchen scales, and gas cookers.

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“There could be hidden dangers lurking in your kitchen. The list of recalled products come with a terrifying range of risks (including) flying blades, shattering glass, scalding burns, leaking gas and more," Marg said, pointing out that many of these flaws aren't discovered until people start using a product.

“If your appliances are a few years old, it’s worth checking any seals are still working effectively. Most manufacturers can supply replacement seals for products like pressure cookers or blenders.

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Choice recommends people check all their kitchen appliances. Photo: Choice

“It’s also worth inspecting the doors and hinges on products like microwaves and assessing any gas appliances you have for potential points of leakage.”

The full list of 28 recalls (comprising 31 products) is available on the Choice website - if you find one of these products in your home, go to productsafety.gov.au.

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