Easy Bake Ovens are officially off the market, the company announced today. According to this AP story, children were getting their hands and fingers caught in the ovens and sometimes burned.
In February, Hasbro Inc, Easy Bake’s parent company recalled close to one million ovens for this problem and then offered a free repair kit to parents to make the product safer.
Since the February announcement, the company has received an additional 249 reports of children getting their hands or fingers caught in the ovens, including 16 reports of second- and third-degree burns. One burn required partial amputation of a 5-year-old girl’s finger.
As a result, Hasbro is recalling all front-loading Easy Bake ovens sold since May 2006, even those that were repaired with the free kit distributed after the February recall.
The company is urging all owners to contact Easy Bake and exchange their ovens for a Hasbro product voucher. For more information, oven owners can call 800-601-8418. Online go to the company site or to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Easy Bake has been on the market for 40 years. A Hasbro spokesperson told AP, “We are working on bringing a new model into the marketplace as soon as we can.”