Pots recalled over risk of electric shocks

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 February, 2008, 12:00am

Consumers have been warned to stop using two models of electric pots used for brewing herbal remedies as they may give users electric shocks.

The Consumer Council tested 10 different herbal pots for electrical safety, leaching of heavy metals, volume, markings and convenience.

Using the latest international safety standard guidelines, the council found screws used to secure the bases of two of the pots were too long.

The council pointed out that the screws were in contact with live electrical components, which could give users electric shocks.

It notified the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department and the department urged consumers to immediately stop using the two models: Palace WF-212A and Sanki SK-5038.

The suppliers announced a recall of the pots in newspapers yesterday.

The vice-chairman of the Consumer Council 's publicity and community relations committee, Ron Hui Shu-yuen, said all of the models tested failed to comply with accepted standards in at least one area. These included unsuitable insulation, plastic materials that were unable to resist small flames, designs that failed to prevent liquid spilling into the electrical components when the pot toppled, and casings that were too susceptible to cracking on impact.

The council suggested that users: inspect pots for cracks before use; ensure they are dry around the base before plugging in the power cord; and unplug the cord before pouring out the contents.

Professor Hui reminded users to never clean a pot by submerging the entire appliance in water and to clean it thoroughly after use as residue on the heater and inner base may lead to the proliferation of bacteria.

For details of the recall, consumers can contact Palace on 2487 9666 and Sanki on 3563 6728.